Oak Street Beachstro making a belated return?
Opening day at Oak Street Beachstro, traditionally the first Saturday in May, has been pushed back this spring because of a dispute between the seasonal restaurant and nearby residents who objected to the number of special events at the site, prompting Ald. Brendan Reilly to hold up the concessionaire's contract.
But workers are busily setting up a restaurant on the Beachstro's normal sandy spot this morning, a welcome sight for those of us who enjoy drinking under the palm trees and pretending we're on a tropical vacation in the middle of a Chicago summer.
As late as April 29, the opening was still in doubt, with Chef/Owner Anthony T. Priola telling me via e-mail, "Due to city politics, we have not been able to make any plans for an opening date and as of today, this currently sets us back at least 3 weeks from our usual schedule." However, he added, "we are still in working with the Chicago Park District and our local Alderman, Brendan Reilly, on negotiations for our license renewal at Oak Street Beach."
I've contacted both Priola and Reilly's office for confirmation and comment, and will update this post as soon as I hear back from them.