First, the bad news. Pleasant House Bakery, Bridgeport's meat pie stalwart and Eater 38 mainstay, closed its Three Oaks, Michigan restaurant last month after three years in business. The good news: Pleasant House Bakery owners Art and Chelsea Jackson are planning to open a second restaurant in Chicago this year.
The Jacksons revealed plans for a new restaurant in a Facebook update to the Michigan location's page that also announced the shutter. "In 2016 we will be opening a new beer-focused establishment in Chicago that will feature our signature Royal Pies and an expanded British-inspired menu, including our beers," the update reads. The Three Oaks spot included a nanobrewery named Pleasant Brewing and was more of a full restaurant with a larger menu than the original, which is small, counter-service and doesn't serve booze.
The Jacksons aren't revealing further details at this time—they say they haven't signed a lease yet—but there's a building permit with Art's name on it for the former Nightwood space at 2119 S. Halsted. A rep for Heisler Hospitality, the group that owns the space, says that "Heisler will not be involved in any way. Matt (Eisler) and Jason (Hammel) are going through lease negotiations right now, but don't have anything finalized." Stay tuned.