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.