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The Bangers & Lace Crew Introduces You to The Betty

Footman Hospitality plans to open an upscale bar next to the Publican later this year.

Nick Podesta, Jason Freiman, and Chris Haisma of Footman Hospitality   Photo: Eric Kleinberg

The guys from Footman Hospitality (Bangers & Lace, Anthem) imagined a guiding spirit for their in-the-works bar next to the Publican, in the former Lumen space. She’s approachable, but kind of mysterious. She’s polished and sexy. Older, maybe retro-old. What’s her name? “Betty,” says Chris Haisma, one of the Footmen.

Gaining the solidity of a definite article, The Betty (839 W. Fulton Market, West Loop, no phone yet) will tap Betty’s essence for a 5,000-square-foot upscale tavern when it opens in the fall. Sporting design by the now-independent Karen Herold (Embeya, GT Fish & Oyster, Girl & the Goat), The Betty will conjure an unusual atmosphere—they’re hoping to have a live piano player. “Kind of like an old-style steak house,” Haisma says. “The music we like—rock and roll. Music not expected on a piano.” Vinyl will spin when the pianist is off duty.

The drink menu distills into a cocktail focus, including a lot of bourbon, 10 to 12 wines by the glass, and craft beers. Food comes from a small-bites menu.

We’re looking forward to meeting Betty this fall. She sounds like she’s got good taste.

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