Less than a month after Haywood Tavern closed in Humboldt Park, there’s a new restaurant inside the space with the same chef and owners, according to a news release. The Shelby focuses on beer and burgers from chef Rodney Staton (Longman & Eagle, Bite Cafe, Spiaggia). Staton is actually wearing two hats for the restaurant as he’s handling the beverage program and the menu at 2759 W. Augusta Boulevard.
While it’s no Fuddrucker’s Burger Bar, The Shelby features customizable burgers with toppings including duck-fat mustard, brisket chili, pork belly croutons, and more. Customers will have a choice between beef, lamb, turkey, and veggie patties — they’re using the Impossible Burger. The menu also includes “giant” baked potatoes that could be topped with any of the aforementioned items.
The restaurant represents a more-casual atmosphere compared to Haywood Tavern. Management is using the greasy spoons along Interstate 55 from Chicago toward Memphis as inspiration. Given that, the restaurant’s soundtrack will include performers from Memphis-based Stax and Sun records, Isaac Hayes, and The Grifters. The interiors will feature denim upholstery, dark wood carpentry, whitewashed brick walls, and canary yellow stools.
Haywood Tavern was a neighborhood spot that lasted two and a half years. The Shelby’s ownership team includes investor Georg Simos. He also owns Dante’s Pizzeria, Crown Liquors, and Rocking Horse — all in Logan Square. Will The Shelby’s makeover bring more customers to Humboldt Park? Stop in Monday night and see the changes in person.
The Shelby, 2759 W. Augusta Boulevard, open 5 p.m. on weeknights; and 11 a.m. on weekends.