The wait's almost over for BreakRoom Brewery, as on Tuesday the long-awaited brewpub will open its doors to the general public. A series of delays built up the community's anticipation in Albany Park, an area starved for new restaurants and bars. But on Friday, owner Aaron Heineman (also of neighboring Heineman Bar Co.) and his staff finally declared they are ready to serve the neighborhood.
BreakRoom's in the midst of a series of private opening parties for friends and family and won't be ready for the general public until Tuesday's soft open. Consulting chef Dirk Flanigan's menu includes a variety of bar snacks, including a version of his signature Scotch egg, that will pair with BreakRoom's assortment of beer. It's also vegetarian friendly with salads, a charred cauliflower steak entree and a rapini sandwich. That's not to say carnivores won't feel at home, as a pork shank with stout polenta and a saw-cut ribeye beef steak with beer potatoes are on the menu. Flanigan has made good use of beer in his dishes, an abundant resource at BreakRoom.
And of course, beer is the main event at Breakroom, and five brews will initially be on tap: Demure Charm (pale ale), Mo'Psyche (rye pale ale), Noble Gray (American brown porter), Irvinium (Imperial IPA) and Artis Dream (American IPA). There's also a kids' (food) menu.
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