LOGAN SQUARE — Longman & Eagle is serving its signature sausages again — this time, for pickup and delivery only.
After a three-year hiatus, the Logan Square restaurant at 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. reopened its sausage shop last week. Neighbors can place orders online.
Among the offerings are the French onion dog with caramelized onions, fresh onion gravy and melted Swiss cheese on a hard roll ($10) and the chicken gyro sausage with tzatziki and cucumber ($10).
The sausage shop was the original plan for the restaurant’s back bar. But about three years ago, the staff converted the back bar into a weekend doughnut shop and that stuck.
Longman’s outdoor patio closed for the season Sunday. The restaurant is only offering pickup and delivery off its regular menu and the sausage shop menu. Both menus are available 4-10 p.m. daily.
The Longman staff decided to pivot and only offer pickup and delivery “in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.”
“At Longman, as with all of our properties, operational decisions are staff driven. We confer with our staff — back of house, front of house, hourly and management — discuss operating options, and then decide collectively on what services we are comfortable offering,” owner Pete Toalson said in an emailed statement.
“After much deliberation, the team decided against offering indoor dining for the time being, as our [front of house] staff wasn’t comfortable with it. It’s a decision we’ve supported, and instead worked together on adding the Sausage Shop concept.”
In addition to sausages, the Longman crew is serving up double smash burgers (with the option for plant-based patties), cheese fries, salads, soft pretzels, cookies and more, as well as cocktails and other drinks to go.
In June, after just 10 days of patio service, Longman temporarily shut down after a worker tested positive for coronavirus. The restaurant reopened after it was sanitized and the rest of the staff tested negative.
At the time, some in the restaurant industry saw the temporary shutdown as evidence Chicago was reopening too soon.
“In an ideal world, we would remain closed until a vaccine is introduced,” Toalson previously said.
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