Following the food-plus-venue avenue of City Winery and Thalia Hall, the Evanston entertainment hub 27 Live launches its restaurant, Treble-Maker Grill (1012 Church St., Evanston, 855-927-5483), on Friday. The 88-seat restaurant, owned by John Tasiopoulos, features comfort food made by Charles Andersson (Green Dolphin, Butter, Sage Grille) and Joe Moore (Marigold).
The menu extends the club’s homage to rock music in general and the musicians who died at age 27 in particular, such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. Specialty burgers include the Nirvana Burger, with soy, spinach, and mozzarella on a pretzel bun. Tasiopoulos highlights the house-made charcuterie and sausage plates (game sausage will feature), beer-battered pickles, and mussels Moore brought with him from Marigold. A pan-roasted half-chicken with garlic smashed potatoes, and grilled salmon with quinoa and green beans illustrate the entrées. “Joe, Charles, and I all sit together like a bunch of crazy little scientists and come up with the menu,” Tasiopoulos says.
The venue has been open for a little more than a year, but the food so far has been limited to basic bar food. It just proves that once you start with the rock ’n’ roll, you know you’re looking for Treble.