Big & Little’s has certainly grown over the years from its original Old Town location that opened almost a decade ago. Co-owners Tony D’Alessandro and Gary Strauss have been featured on numerous TV shows and most recently opened a location inside Midway International Airport. Next, the duo is about to open their first full-service restaurant with alcohol — Big & Little’s Restaurant and Bar should debut in late November or early December at 3000 W. Fullerton Avenue in Logan Square.
The space will feature an outdoor patio with room for 200 people and a fire pit. A windowed garage door separates the patio from the dining room that has space for about 80 and 11 TVs. The bar component makes this location different from Old Town, Wicker Park, Midway, and Lakeview. The location will also offer table service, the first Big & Little’s to do so.
It’ll also have a few new plated items to go with the restaurants’ signature tacos, burgers, and fish and chips. Strauss didn’t want to give away any menu items, saying he’s still working on paring the list down. Imagine appetizers and food customers could share while watching the big game.
“We’ll not only have great food but also great drinks all at reasonable prices like we do at all our other locations,” D’Alessandro said.
Strauss still takes customer orders during the lunch rush hour in Old Town and both ping pong between their other locations. They attribute their success to working 16-hour days.
The new items will be a bit more elevated, but the two are careful not to use buzzwords to describe their dishes. While burgers and tacos may seem simple, D’Alessandro and Strauss explained that their food is more complex than its seems. Workers could just throw a piece of fish in some batter and plop it into a fryer, but they take more pride in their work compared to the typical fast-casual restaurant. But that also means they are a little bit more selective in hiring. And yes, they’re hiring in Logan Square.
The location, on the corner of Sacramento and Fullerton, will also have a pick-up window. Strauss is working on some desserts for the window and they’ll also have a kid’s menu. If customers want to hang out and work on weekdays, each table with have a USB outlet to charge electronic devices.
Big & Little’s recently closed a location at 926 W. Diversey Parkway. Strauss said the area was a bit dead and they sold the spot to free up time for other projects.
The new location will have a full bar and some creative cocktails. These won’t be $14 drinks, but they will experiment a little, using the same fun philosophy that they use for the food. They want customers to be able to spend their entire day at the restaurant if they want. Keeping food and drink more affordable is one way to keep customers from leaving.
“The past nine years, that all I’ve heard: You guys should sell beer and cocktails,” D’Alessandro said.
Strauss said he’ll have more details on the menu and drink list later this month. Stay tuned.