Join me for my next “Follow Me on Friday” as we celebrate the official “Grand Launch” of a new Cajun addition to our neighborhood–Aqua Bar and Restaurant, 1146 W. Pratt (just east of Sheridan). The fun takes place this Friday, June 1st, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Aqua’s new owner, Jay Sharan, took over this month after receiving his MBA from the University of Chicago. He brings with him a new executive chef,Kevin Smith, who hails from the Big Easy and specializes in contemporary Cajun cuisine. Chef Smith’s specialties include Jambalaya, crawfish bread pudding, gumbo, jerk ribs, bourbon chocolate cake, and a host of other Cajun and American favorites. To complement the Cajun seasonings, Aqua offers an amazing selection of boutique wines and craft beers.
Jay also upgraded the decor to reflect a classic New Orleans vibe, with authentic artwork on the walls and open windows that let in the gentle lake breezes. The decor provides a perfect setting for Aqua’s New Orleans-style jazz piano nights on Wednesdays, foot-tapping Latin Jazz on Saturdays and a southern-style jazz brunch on Sundays.
Sample some free Cajun and American appetizers, sip a complimentary beer, wine or soft drink, and join me for a pleasant early summer evening at this new addition to our neighborhood.
Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs and community organizations. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or organization where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Mullen’s Bar and Grill, 7301 N. Western; Act One Cafe, 1330 W. Morse; Ethiopian Diamond II,7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine & Fruit Bar, 1947 W. Howard; the Morseland, 1218 W. Morse; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; Chuckie’s, 1412 W. Morse; Gruppo di Amici, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood; Hamilton’s Bar & Grill, 6341 N. Broadway; Fabi’s, 7124 N. Clark; Chez Violette, 2311 W. Howard; the Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood; the Buffalo Bar at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood;Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; La Cazuela, 6922 N. Clark; Sweet Attila’s and The Growling Rabbit, 6981 N. Sheridan; Jenny’s Gourmet Restaurant, 1642 W. Howard; the Grill Inn, 1422 W. Morse; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; the Sidecar Bar, 6920 N. Glenwood;Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; the Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; The Coffee Shop, 1135 W. Sheridan; and the Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase.
I look forward to seeing you this Friday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., as we kick off the summer at the Aqua Bar and Restaurant!