IRVING PARK — After a year of renovations, Big League Burgers opened its doors in Irving Park this week.
The restaurant’s new theme was inspired by owner Peter Mihopoulos’ favorite baseball team: the Cubs.
“We wanted to change it up a bit and make it our own. I like baseball and we’re only a few miles away from Wrigley Field,” Mihopoulos said. “We even have some [baseball-themed] selfie walls inside and out for people to take pictures.”
Big League is serving up burgers with names like The Natural — a single ($7), double ($9) or triple ($11) burger with American cheese, pickles, grilled onions and mayo. Gyros, fresh-cut fries and Impossible plant-based burgers are are on the menu, too.
The restaurant’s signature “Big League Challenge” ($30) will test even the hungriest of eaters. Those who can finish a massive burger made of four 8-ounce burger patties, eight strips of bacon, two fried eggs, cheese, four buns and all the fixings — plus one pound of fries, a drink and a shake — in less than 25 minutes won’t be charged, Mihopoulos said.
Once someone conquers the challenge, their photo will be placed on a hall of fame wall in the restaurant and on its website, Mihopoulos said.
“I’ve been watching a lot of the Food Network shows and some people have been putting challenge burgers in their restaurants,” he said. “I liked the idea and figured why not?”
Big League’s enclosed outdoor patio seats 20 people and Mihopoulos said he isn’t taking reservations.
The business also has a full bar with two televisions and Mihopoulos plans to show sporting events, especially baseball games, once indoor dining restrictions are lifted.
Big League’s hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Customers can call the restaurant to place an order for delivery or takeout at 773-961-7558.
Ted Theo, owner of the burger joint that previously occupied the storefront, closed B-Side in October 2019. He had difficulty making the business viable, according to his family.
Before B-Side, the storefront was home to Bread & Wine, a wine and charcuterie restaurant that closed in 2018 after six years in business.
Prior to Bread & Wine, the storefront was home to a coin-operated laundromat.
Check out Big League Burger’s menu below:
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