The outdoor facade feels like visitors are about to emabark on a trip to the wild west at The General, the new Mexican and Southern soul food joint that opens today in Logan Square. Exposed brick and old war photos honoring war hero (and former U.S. Senator) General John A. Logan cover the interior walls. Yes, he's Logan Square's namesake.
There's no general disarray here. Ownership focused on making good use of wood in the floors and bar, as there's restored lumber taken from newly-renovated homes in the area and wood from a barn in Bristol, Ind. Ownership also restored the building's tin ceiling that was previously hidden under a drop. Meanwhile, the bar's black and metal stools come with a worn look that looks right at home with the sepia-tone photos hanging on the wall. Seasonal sidewalk seating will augment a patio, and there's also a private room. Hungry? Take a look at the menu here.
The General also features a retail space where they'll sell some groceries and liquor with a focus on local and organic items. It all opens at 4 p.m. today. They've yet to post exact hours, but the retail will be open during the day and they'll offer lunch and dinner service.