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New Bangers & Lace Opens Today in Evanston

Second location of Wicker Park craft beer & sausage slinger opens in old Keg space.

Bangers & Lace Evanston
Bangers & Lace Evanston
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The crowd at Bangers & Lace Evanston will be a little different than the ones that gathered at The Keg, the bar the B&L replaces.

While The Keg was a haven for boozy, underage Northwestern University students, Bangers & Lace aims to serve a different clientele. It finally opens at 3 p.m. today in the Chicago suburb and features a rotating selection of 32 beers on tap and a 30-seat bar. The entire restaurant seats 130 people.

It's larger than the first Bangers & Lace, which opened in 2010 in Wicker Park at 1670 W. Division St. Sausages and small plates appear on both locations' menus. Items in Evanston include a venison sausage served with blueberry jam, smoked bacon and aged gouda; as well as chorizo deviled eggs with watermelon relish and green onion.

Footman Hospitality operates the two Bangers & Lace locations, as well as The Anthem (across the street from Bangers & Lace in Wicker Park). They're also opening The Betty in the West Loop at 839 W. Fulton Ave.