Thanks for the quick response,Jenny. The write up on the new place makes it sound interesting..Although, not sure why the Orbit Room failed. A sign in the window said, “Good Food”, you can’t say that unless it’s true, right?
The old owners sold the place, and moved to Wisconsin. The new owners kept the Orbit Room open until New New Year's Eve. The remodel/rename has been planned since late last year. When I talked with one of the bartenders, he said they were planning to reopen in late-February or early-March, so they seem to be on schedule. I live just down the street, so I'm looking forward to the re-launch...especially the patio.
The new owners ‘redo’ of Orbit was terrible. Extremely overpriced and few options despite being ‘fresher’. I will miss the original Orbit, it was a classic Chicago bar and a gem. New place is just going to be another 12 dollar cocktail bar with ‘new Americana’ food.
Ugh. The article says they will have, “fancy artisanal ice for cocktails and garnishes." Artisanal ice? Oh goodness. I will certainly give it a try, but it does sound like it will just be yet another bar with overpriced cocktails.
When I spoke with the bartender (who lives in the neighborhood), he told me the new owners were pretty committed to keeping the same feel and vibe as the Orbit, as well as keeping it a neighborhood place. I won’t judge until I’ve been there a time or two. In all honesty, I’m not sure if the neighborhood wants — or will support a place — that serves a $12 artisanal cocktail. We’ll see.
I'm not going to jump to the conclusion that 'by the ounce' is inherently pretentious. I actually feel quite the opposite on that. I love to try everything available without having to buy an entire drink in order to do so. Would free samples be more ideal for me as a customer? Sure. Would it be viable (if I want to try everything) for the business to do so? Nope. I'll give 'em a go.