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Beard & Belly Opened In Edgewater Over Weekend – And Sold Out Of Food Each Day

Beard & Belly’s Schrage and Torres

After two years of making Chicagoans’ mouths water in anticipation of their first dedicated restaurant, Beard & Belly finally opened this weekend alongside their partners Honeypie Cafe.

Opening during a pandemic that has brought the restaurant industry to its knees is a risky move but the new space that houses Beard & Belly at 6157 N Broadway and Milwaukee’s legendary Honeypie Cafe at 6155 N Broadway took the challenge head on. According to their Facebook page, that move paid off in a big way as Beard & Belly owner-chefs Kyle Schrage and Jim Torres announced that they had sold out of food each night.

They were only open for take-out orders of course, but that didn’t stop people from getting their food. Since Beard & Belly ended operations at Lakeview’s The Long Room (1612 W Irving Park) over two years ago, there has been a void for the dedicated fans the duo had amassed. That following got bigger when it was learned that they would be teaming up with the popular Milwaukee bakery Honeypie Cafe.

“Wow, what an incredible weekend,” Beard & Belly announced on Facebook. “Thank you Edgewater, thank you Chicago, and thank you to every single one of you that supported us these last three days.”

They added that the last slices of pie left over went to the medical professionals working at Kindred Chicago Lakeshore.

Beard & Belly took over the Pumping Company space which has been vacant since a fire closed the business back in August of 2016. Honeypie Cafe is now selling their sweet creations in the old Holzkopf’s Meat Market next door.

The Beard & Belly team brings to Edgewater their unique take on classic comfort food staples such as burgers, grilled cheese and their stylized poutine. Honeypie Cafe’s Valeri Lucks (who is originally from Chicago) already owns three successful restaurants in Milwaukee and 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.

When COVID-19 restrictions are eventually lifted, the businesses will offer a completely gutted 5,000 sq. ft. of space with a new dining area and full service bar. Beard & Belly is expected to open a back patio in the warmer months and Honeypie Cafe will have a small sidewalk patio in front.

Currently, both businesses are open Thursday-Sunday from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. They are taking preorders up to two days in advance at www.beardandbellytogo.com.

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