LOGAN SQUARE — Easy Does It, the bar that replaced late-night bar/music venue East Room, is now open — but only for patio service.
The bar’s 15-table patio opened Friday. Owners Zack Eastman and Blake Witsman are opening the bar in stages. They’re planning to roll out indoor service when it’s safe to do so and launch a bottle shop at a later date.
But starting Friday, neighbors can have some beer or wine on the bar’s patio, which is situated at the back of the building at Medill and Milwaukee avenues. Reservations can be made on Tock.
Easy Does It at 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave. serves natural wine, locally-made beer, cider, hard kombucha and non-alcoholic drinks, “a mix of light, refreshing choices mixed in with more unusual offerings,” according to a news release.
The owners are following safety protocols amid the pandemic. Tables are spaced six feet apart. Customers will be able to order via phone to avoid close contact with their servers. And both staff and customers will be subject to “regular health checks,” according to the release.
Easy Does It replaced beloved late-night bar East Room, which closed last year.
In about six years years, East Room made a name for itself as the place to go for no-frills garage-rock shows, DJ sets and dance parties. The bar was only accessible from an unmarked door on Medill Avenue, which added to its cool factor.
Eastman and Witsman were both partners at East Room. At the time of the closure, Eastman told Eater Chicago he was planning to open a bar in East Room’s place but with new investors.
Easy Does It has a “light, fresh and airy” feel, the owners said, a markedly different vibe than East Room, which was dark and clubby. Chicago-based design studio Just Coast is behind Easy Does It’s branding.
The owners will be tacking 20 percent gratuity and an additional 3 percent fee onto every check to help pay workers fair wages.
Easy Does It is open 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday.
Check Easy Does It’s Instagram for opening updates.
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