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Burger Philosophy Owners Opening ‘Little Bad Wolf’ On Bryn Mawr

LittleBadWolfPeople have been asking for several weeks why Burger Philosophy had closed. A well-loved burger joint that offered more hand-cut french fries than anyone could handle, the spot had a pretty consistent customer base with no major complaints. Their website and social media networks are still active, so why did they close?

According to co-owner Sal Ashbach, the burger joint was not where they saw their future. He told EVB, “Burger Philosophy was more of a walk up fast food joint where people would eat and leave. My partners Gus Lappas,  Ankur Joshi and I envisioned more of a cocktail lounge atmosphere coupled with a diverse but elegantly simple menu.” He added, “We wanted a neighborhood hangout where you can always grab a drink or a bite from open to close.”

Burger Philosophy was a counter service establishment that was several grades above fast food, but wasn’t able to offer cocktails or table service. They lasted three years on Bryn Mawr at Clark with a loyal and loving following, however, that corner has seen its fair share of turnover in the last several years. With not as much foot traffic as a little farther south on Clark where the heart of Andersonville has restaurants lining the corridor, it can be difficult to keep the doors open.

We are happy to hear that the space is being re-conceptualized and designed by the original owners into Little Bad Wolf, a bar and grill that will also be serving cocktails. From outside you can see that Little Bad Wolf  has been upgrading the space at 1541 W. Bryn Mawr with new flooring, fresh paint and unique rehabbed decor. In one of their tweets, LBW comments that they will be serving “upscale bar and street food while offering an extensive selection of cocktails, beers, wines and coffees.” There is no date designated for an opening (possibly early October, 2014) but they have been actively posting on FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.

“We were in business as Burger Philosophy for 3 years and the neighborhood was great to us, we wouldn’t dream of leaving”, said Mr. Ashbach. “We, as Little Bad Wolf, hope to compliment the rich diversity of the neighborhood with another great spot to relax and unwind. We are looking forward to becoming not just an Andersonville staple, but a Chicago one.”

Welcome back to the neighborhood Little Bad Wolf!


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