WEST LOOP— Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro is gearing up to bring a Jerry Garcia-themed jazz venue to the former Wishbone restaurant in the West Loop early next year.
Shapiro told Block Club Chicago that things are “progressively moving along” and the jazz venue paying homage to Garcia, the late guitarist of the Grateful Dead, is expected to open at 1001 W. Washington Blvd. in early 2020.
“We are very excited how it’s coming together,” Shapiro said. “I don’t think a venue like this quite exists,” he said.
In February, Block Club Chicago confirmed plans for the venue after Amplify magazine, a news service covering the live music industry, reported that Shapiro was working in partnership with Garcia’s estate to open “a seated jazz and jam venue in the heart of the West Loop.”
The West Loop venue will be themed around Garcia, who died in 1995 at age 53, and will be a seated, traditional jazz club with performances six nights a week. The venue will also feature an accompanying restaurant, Shapiro said.
Shapiro did not reveal the type of food that would be served at the venue.
Shapiro also produced the “Fare Thee Well” Grateful Dead reunion concerts, including three shows at Solider Field in July 2015. Garcia played his last concert in 1995, also at Soldier Field.
Shapiro initially aimed to open a Brooklyn Bowl at 832 W. Fulton St. in 2014. But that deal later fell through, and Denver-based Punch Bowl Social opened a 28,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and bowling alley in the space instead.
Bowling and live music venue Brooklyn Bowl’s first location in Brooklyn, N.Y., opened in 2009.
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