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Anticipated Beard & Belly Restaurant Teams Up Popular Milwaukee Bakery On New Edgewater Eatery

Chefs Kyle Schrage & Jim Torres

When Beard and Belly ended operations at Lakeview’s The Long Room (1612 W Irving Park) a year ago, there has been a void for the large following of fans the owners had amassed. However, the team behind the business has announced that not only will they be opening their first stand alone restaurant in Edgewater, they will also be teaming up with popular Milwaukee bakery Honey Pie who will occupy the space next door.

It will be a double helping of mouth-watering food offerings. Beard and Belly will be taking over the old Pumping Company at 6157 N. Broadway while Honey Pie will be moving their new location into the old Holzkopf’s Meat Market next door. The Pumping Company space has been vacant since a fire closed the business back in August of 2016.

Beard and Belly will bring their unique culinary comfort food that was a favorite at the Long Room for over two years. They shared the bar’s kitchen with another chef, The Biscuit Man served food during the morning and afternoon while Beard and Belly took over with a dinner menu at night. The businesses’ chefs Kyle Schrage and Jim Torres gathered many accolades during that time and saw their reputation grow to the point that their own restaurant seemed increasingly possible.

“We were lucky enough to be able to test out our concept at the Long Room,” said Beard and Belly Partner and Front House Manager Andrew Barbera. “We were able to try it out that way and gain a following. It was a unique experience and gave a small business a chance to get started. When the time came to go out on our own, we found the space on Broadway. We are looking forward to bringing the restaurant to Edgewater.”

The Beard and Belly team will bring to Edgewater their unique take on classic comfort food staples such as burgers, grilled cheese and their stylized poutine. They will also offer a full service bar which will include their Old Fashioned cocktail which was the hit of the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Holiday mixer last month.

The restaurant will also be collaborating with Valeri Lucks of Honey Pie fame. Lucks, who is originally from Chicago, owns three successful restaurants in Milwaukee which includes the original Honey Pie bakery. She has gained national attention for her cream and fruit pies with write-ups in Oprah Magazine, Restaurant Magazine and Food and Wine Magazine to name just a few.

“About 10 years ago she was involved in a project here in Chicago, and we worked for her then,” said Barbera about how they first got to know Lucks. “When that project ended, we said that one day we would open a bar and bring her pie back to Chicago. Now we are very excited to be able to do that.”

The new space will have separate entrances for both Beard and Belly and Honey pie, however, customers will have access between the businesses from inside as well. The 5,000 sq. ft. space that will house the eateries has been completed gutted. Beard and Belly will offer a back patio in the warmer months and Honey Pie will offer a small sidewalk patio out front.

According to Barbera, they are hoping to open this May.

 


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