The recent Chicago barbecue boom is getting a new entrant from the empire state. John Stage, owner of New York State-based raucous biker barbecue mini-chain Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, just signed a lease for his first Midwest location on Weed Street. An ad went up today for employees for an upcoming spot; they're hiring for a managing partner and service director, in case you're interested.
A Dinosaur representative says that ownership "loves repurposing old buildings" and that the new spot won't be ready for opening until spring 2015. The building, nearly across the street from sports and country bar and venue Joe's Bar, began as a factory and more recently housed the nightclubs Zentra and Mask. A Mid-America real estate flyer sizes up the large space at 12,868 square-feet.
This will be the ninth Dinosaur Bar-B-Que location; the eighth opened last month in Buffalo, the original opened in 1988 in Syracuse, and other locations exist in upstate New York, New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut. Expect the outpost to serve largely the same menu as the others but with a few local wrinkles. Some upstate New York locations serve special pulled pork poutine, for example. Also expect live music and similar rustic reclaimed decor.
· Dinosaur Bar-B-Que [Official Site]
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