After a long gestation period, Commonwealth Tavern will be opening today in the space formerly occupied by Mulligan's Public House in Roscoe Village. Kevin Metz and Matthew Baldino, partners in Commonwealth, have locked in executive chef Kevin Church (Owen & Engine), who will be helped out in the kitchen by sous chef Graeme Glass (Longman & Eagle).
Seating will be available for over 90 customers in booths, high top and low top tables. The bar is mahogany from reclaimed wood taken from a local bowling alley and it will feature a 20-tap tower highlighting local craft breweries.
Chef Church's menu will source locally and include such hearty items as a soft pretzel with Wisconsin cheddar and Virtue cider mustard; buttermilk fried chicken with cheddar heirloom grits and ham hock braised greens; a braised lamb pizza; and a mushroom melt with pastrami-spiced portabella.
Commonwealth Tavern will be open for café and dinner seven days a week, opening at 7 a.m.; the owners worked with Sparrow Coffee on two blends of locally roasted organic coffee. Weekend brunch service is in the works.