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.