Another sports bar? Well, yes. But there are reasons to take a look at Municipal Bar + Dining Company and they aren’t just a bunch of TVs and a bunch of burgers on the menu (though they have both). The food, by New York import Chef Jeffrey Arasi (Imperial No. 9, Aureole), artfully covers the old school manly classics with some modern twists and the use of quality, fresh ingredients. While the design evokes the history of the City That Works with use of gritty urban motifs based on the bridges and rails of Chicago— most notably the Y”-shaped emblem seen on many old public works in the city (which was itself inspired by the meeting of the rivers at Wolf Point), and including authentic pieces of salvaged Chicago historical infrastructure. Municipal Bar + Dining Company opened in River North at 216 W. Ohio earlier this week, but they’ve continued to tinker with the menus, so here they are at last for lunch, dinner, cocktails, late night and brunch.
Braised lamb shank with root vegetables, truffled white corn grits. Photo: courtesy Municipal Bar + Dining Co.