Coming soon to Broadway: Pearl’s Southern Comfort BBQ
The rumors have been confirmed, Edgewater will soon be home to a new BBQ and southern comfort restaurant known as Pearl’s, which is slated to open in 2014 at 5352 N Broadway. You may recall we first reported chatter in April of a “bbq/smokehouse” coming to this location, just south of Balmoral and next door to Columbian restaurant La Fonda. We’re thrilled to hear the plans are moving forward, as Pearl’s has the opportunity to be a very great addition to the neighborhood by adding variety to the restaurant scene and occupying a building that has sat vacant for almost 12 years.
Owners Danny and Annie Beck are no strangers to the restaurant and culinary scene, as Danny once served as executive chef for House of Blues and Annie is an award winning pastry chef. Together, they own Sunflour Bakery and Danny has been owner/operator of Lakeview’s Toons Bar & Grill since 1998.
On Monday, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman held a community meeting for residents in the general vicinity of the future restaurant spot as part of his community process, as Pearl’s faces two zoning issues around their proposal to open at this location. First, they would need to change the zoning from B1 to B3 to allow for a restaurant and full bar, and second they are seeking a Special Use Permit to allow for an outdoor patio area on the second floor. Residents were assured that the 500 square foot patio would not be open late or hosting live music, and the fact that it sits on the front portion of the second floor Broadway side and would have a building (2 bed/2 bath residential apartment) directly behind it to the west side of the second floor should curb any noise. Beck also had architectural plans to present which showed the layout of the space, and the façade would be completely rehabbed with a ton of windows.
And now, about the food. A prototype menu was also presented (pictured below) which features tons of southern deliciousness from BBQ meats, to po ‘boy sandwiches to four sinful variations of mac & cheese. Overall, Beck described Pearl’s as aiming to be “more restaurant than bar.” They also hope to serve brunch on the weekends eventually.
The reception from the residents who attended Monday’s meetings was extremely positive, and while some concerns were addressed, such as the possibility of another restaurant adding to the attraction of rats and parking congestion, the community unanimously voted to support the zoning changes. In turn, Alderman Osterman said he would support the proposal as well.
“Pearl’s will be an exciting addition to Broadway and owner Danny Beck’s investment in this building and in our community symbolizes the positive momentum of new businesses calling Broadway – and Edgewater – home,” Osterman stated. “It’s quality, unique businesses like these that set our community apart.”