Just yesterday I got an email from the folks at Empty Bottle (as did all of their email subscribers) about a new "inn" a couple of the partners are opening in Logan Square (I was surprised that this was the first I was hearing about the endeavor, especially when the message opens "As some of you may know..."). The space is called Longman & Eagle and it opens tonight. What should I care about two music venue owners opening a hotel you ask? Well, Longman & Eagle appears to be much more than that, as evidenced by the mountain of information pouring in since I wrote the mini-announcement on Gapers Block yesterday. In fact, the "sleeping" portion of the inn isn't even ready yet. What is ready, is the first floor restaurant and bar. And the why-should-you-care part? Keep reading.
The idea is old school Chicago (I keep envisioning a saloon-atmosphere) with a focus on fine bourbons, boutique wines, and a menu full of comfort foods that changes daily. And of course, music. They have a vintage seven inch jukebox (none of that download-anything-you-want crap) featuring a wide range of genres, and Daily Candy also points out that there is a DJ booth (speculating that Black Lips may appear for a set after their Chicago show on April 1).
Bottom line: this place is the real deal, with owners as caretakers taking pride in their property, and a desire to share it with you. (Man, this place is sounding pretty good; you just might find me there tonight.)
Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.