Loyal fans who have missed BadHappy Poutine Shop since it closed are about to get a special, extended treat. Chef Tom Kern's beloved fries, curds and gravy operation is coming back during a two-month popup run, named the "BadHappy Loft Project," kicking off on Saturday.
"We want to revive the excitement and vibe for our loyal community while gaining new friends and enthusiasm," Kern says, "with hopes of working toward another permanent location and a franchise situation."
Beginning this weekend, the series will feature Saturday dinner services and Sunday brunch (starting August 24) for $30 apiece served in a West Loop loft. Each meal will include four courses of BadHappy classics and one drink ticket, with additional beverages available for cash purchase, no BYO. Saturday daytime services may begin soon too.
BadHappy closed its original location shortly after New Year's due to a landlord dispute. Kern, who is also the chef at the forthcoming Geek Bar, said at the time that he wanted to "open another down the line" after Geek Bar was running smoothly.
Kern, chef Patrick McBride and project manager Jacqlyn Lancaster began discussing the popup series a month ago to keep the "BadHappy ethos alive." Check out the first event on Saturday and taste some of his new dishes at Geek Bar in the fall.
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