Rooftop, sidewalk seating in Roots/Bleeding Heart restaurant plan

Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner with publicist Dave Andrews
 
The owners of The Fifty/50 sports bar will ask the East Village Association to support rooftop seating at the Bleeding Heart Bakery breakfast cafe they are developing at 1916 W. Chicago Ave.

EVA board members reviewed their plans Nov. 8 and suggested ways to minimize the neighborhood impact of Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner's next-door companion project, Roots Handmade Pizza at 1924 W. Chicago Ave.:

  • Eliminating a delivery window on Winchester Avenue.
  • Extending the Third Coast Valet loading zone on Chicago Avenue.
  • Closing large retractable windows on Winchester during night hours.
  • Redirecting Winchester's current one-way northbound traffic.


The 60-seat rooftop patio facing Chicago Avenue is likely to face a member vote Jan. 3, since it requires a special-use permit. Roots would have sidewalk tables on Winchester and a rooftop garden, which current zoning allows.

The design from Space Architects is similar to a restaurant planned for the space last year. Bleeding Heart would display cakes in Roots' storefront window.

The Fifty/50 management group has purchased both properties. Weiner said building permits were under city review and Roots could open in mid-March, with Bleeding Heart by April. Mohr and Weiner announced the project less than two weeks ago.

Also during the two-hour board meeting at Leona's restaurant, 1936 W. Augusta Blvd., CAPS liaison Tom Tomek noted that Chicago Police have redeployed six of its nine CAPS officers in the 13th District to patrol duties.

The 7 p.m. Dec. 6 EVA membership meeting is planned as a potluck holiday dinner in the Jerzy S. Kenar art studio at 1007-15 N. Wolcott.

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