A new brewpub is moving into the space that once housed Jimmy Bannos’s longtime Cajun Magnificent Mile restaurant Heaven on Seven that a judge forcibly shuttered in 2015. The team behind popular Lakeview brewpubs DryHop Brewers and Corridor Brewery & Provisions is planning to open Crushed By Giants next year at 600 N. Michigan Avenue on the second floor. The restaurant and bar will share an entrance with the AMC Theater on the corner of N. Rush Street and E. Ohio Street.
Owner Greg Shuff, who recently applied for a liquor license, said he hopes to create a Mexico City-style gastropub with an emphasis on hazy IPAs and Mexican lagers. The food, courtesy of Ryan Henderson (formerly of Income Tax), will focus on “fancy” tacos. The space will also touch on a number of tropes of the American craft beer movement, including big brewery tanks and plenty of storytelling around the making of beer and food.
The full-service restaurant and bar is 4,500 square feet and will seat about 120. Shuff estimates that about 20 stools will line a full bar, but non-beer alcoholic beverage offerings will be limited. “Our schtick is making beer and that’s the vast majority of what we do,” he said.
Shuff opened the highly anticipated DryHop in 2013 on Broadway Street after a delayed opening, and the brewpub enjoyed success and acclaim within the year. The team opened Corridor on Southport two years later. Stay tuned for more news as Crushed By Giants progresses.