Band of Bohemia, that quirky and ambitious culinary brewhouse backed by a pair of Alinea vets, has a Nov. 19 opening date. And the space, which is almost complete, looks gorgeous while combining a variety of fabric textures and modern design features to allow the kitchen's true star —a wood-burning grill— to shine alongside the beer brewing operation inside an unassuming exterior in Ravenswood.
This is a neighborhood restaurant, first and foremost, stressed Craig Sindelar and Michael Carroll, who are now surrounded by their full band of culinary professionals. There's about 6,700 square feet at 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave, and the restaurant's decor benefits from high ceilings and details that should remind diners of the area's industrial roots. There's a coffee counter that will open in the mornings, plus two bars, with one overlooking the kitchen that serves as a chef's table.
Seating is mostly first come, first served, though there's talk of using Tock to reserve a small portion of seats. The funky paisley-covered curved booths provide intimate settings, and it's set apart from the rest of the dining area's butcher-block tables and chairs. As visitors enter, they'll see a greeting area that's reminiscent of a greeting area at a bed & breakfast. This is where customers can purchase coffee beans, (eventually) beer growlers and other items.
Check out the photos above. Plenty more to come.