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Half Acre Brewery To Open Kitchen Alongside North Center Taproom

By Kate Shepherd in Food on Jan 8, 2016 8:40PM


Half Acre Brewery, one of Chicago's original craft breweries, is taking a leap and opening its own restaurant.

The brewery will open a restaurant on Jan. 14 at its current location, 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., which already has a taproom, according to the Tribune. The menu will include everything from burritos to full plates.

Don't think Chipotle fare—think Goat Picadillo burritos, "made with guajillo spiced goat, avocado, refried white beans, cumin cucumbers, goat cheddar and cilantro, and Smoked Beef Rib Cap, stuffed with caramelized onion, arugula, horseradish sauce and potato gratin," as Half Acre co-founder Gabriel Magliaro told the Tribune.

The full plates will include delicious sounding items like: spare ribs, chicken thighs and "Not Cho's, which contain oxtail, Spanish chorizo, roasted peppers, pickled carrots, smoky tomato sauce and "science cheese sauce."

The menu is no surprise, with a pedigreed head chef like Nick Lacasse. He's worked under the greats, Charlie Trotter and Shawn McClain (founder of Green Zebra), and was executive chef at The Drawing Room and MFK.

Half Acre has been contemplating the possibility of adding a kitchen to the tap room since it opened in 2012, Magliaro said.

The brewery will open another taproom and restaurant will follow at their recently opened production brewery at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave., with Magliaro hoping to have the taproom open by the end of 2016.