Longman & Eagle
Robert McAdams has built out spaces like Big Star. Cody Hudson has designed CD covers for Mos Def. Peter Toalson and Bruce Finkelman, Empty Bottle owners, have brought eclectic music to Ukie Village. So what happens when the four of them team up to open a space? Well, first, it has nearly as many personalities as it does owners. It’s a restaurant (with gastropub fare, such as smoked sweetbreads with baby beets, from Seattle transplant Jared Wentworth), a bar (heavy on cask bourbon and craft beer, plus “low-end cult favorites,” according to Toalson) and, most unusually, an inn (although the six no-frills rooms on the second level won’t open until spring). The crew’s array of talents is in the details, such as Hudson’s sculpture installation in the back room, McAdams’s refurbished chairs and tables, and Toalson’s music picks. The process was “wholly collaborative,” says Toalson, but more than friendship, it’s the location’s history that brings it all together: “In an era of tightly scripted ‘concepts’ that more often look to the coasts for inspiration,” the group’s one-sheet states, “Longman & Eagle finds its muse in Chicago.” 2657 N Kedzie Ave, 773-276-7110.