The corner bar space at Beach and Wood streets in Wicker Park will once more roar this afternoon when Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods opens providing patrons with a taste of New Orleans inside a gut-rehabbed space. While the Beachwood Inn provided a dive bar for locals and hipsters for 65 years before its 2017 shutter, Ina Mae is a tribute to New Orleans soul food with a blend of African, Caribbean, French, and Spanish flavors. Bartenders will serve vintage cocktails and there are frozen Sno-Balls for children of all ages.
The restaurant is named for chef Brian Jupiter’s (Frontier) great-grandmother. She’s the inspiration for the gumbo. The menu (see below) includes a host of po-boys, seafood by the pound, and Nashville hot chicken.
There are Dixie Beer and Old Grandad logos on the walls. The roof was literally raised to 12 feet, and there’s a new second-floor balcony overlooking the bar area. Pioneer Tavern Group (Lottie’s Pub, The Pony) worked hard to make a space that would be a hit with locals. There’s also a pick-up window. The space was designed by 555 International. The relaxed vibe greets customers from the very first time they say hi that rocking horse to the left of the door.
Tour the space and look at the menu below. Ina Mae Tavern opens this afternoon.
Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods, 1415 N. Wood Street, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.