More details are spilling out about Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer's group's Irish-American bar planned for a September opening in Streeterville. The team behind New York's The Dead Rabbit has received critical acclaim, and their Best Bar in The World group hopes to localize that success for Chicagoans with GreenRiver. Meyer's group, Union Square Events, is teaming up with the group on the Chicago bar and restaurant.
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The Dead Rabbit's Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry are tapping into Chicago's history of Irish immigrants inside the 18th floor space at 259 E. Erie St. They'll mix cocktails inspired by important people who helped the city rebuild after the great Chicago Fire of 1871, according to the Tribune. Take the Prima Donna (whisky, Fernet Branca, pomegranate, lemon, sumac, burlesque bitters) which is based on Harold Fowler McCormick, according to Chicagoist. They'll organize the drink menu into eight categories, going a bit unorthodox by grouping them by the raw materials use in distillation, rather than by base spirit. There's 12 beers on tap and whiskies from American, Scotland and Japan.
Suburban Berwyn native Aaron Lirette (Celeste, Acadia) will helm the kitchen, and expect items like crudites with harissa and scallion cream and smoked Great Lake whitefish tartine, as well as a terrine made with Slagel Farms pork, accompanied by housemade mustard and greens.