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Inside Wicker Park’s New Tribute to New Orleans Soul Food

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods opens Friday afternoon

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A brown, wood-laden restaurant interior
Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods
Barry Brecheisen
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

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.

The place has a corner store feel.
This isn’t a Coyote Ugly situation with the rocking horse.
A bar with stools and a distressed checkered floor.
They lengthened the original bar.
The booths are gone, replaced by high tops.
Another shot of the bar heading toward the back.
A brown, wood-laden restaurant interior
That pool table is gone.
A restaurant with exposed brick walls with vintage seating and stools.
Note the second-floor balcony.
It’s much brighter than the Beachwood Inn.
A view from the back.
A bar lined with tall chairs
Vintage cocktails and more are available at the bar.

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 North Wood Street, , IL 60622 (773) 360-8320 Visit Website