It's hard not to reference famed burger/metal bar Kuma's Corner
when a waitress' "fucking awesome" description of a pretzel bun-clad burger with an absurd amount of meat is cut short by a dude screaming a sign of the horns turn-it-up salute to Iron Maiden. Of course, Chicagoans would be fit to be tied to ever see Kuma's stock up on laser and fog machines, let alone the handfuls of HD TVs rounding out PJ Zonis and David Jacobs' live DVD "virtual venue."
So goes the niche at this burger bar with enough balls to stock its nightly heavy metal-bent concert viewings with Nickelback and do it kiddie corner to the Empty Bottle. The plan is to "replicate the feeling of being in the front row of a concert," explains Zonis, pointing out an "earth-trembling" sound system and a "food and drink menu that would make the most insatiable rock God bow down."
We're not sure what the prison theme – metal plates, rough-cut concrete table edges – has to do with that, but if the ball-and-chain menu full of "juvenile delinquents" (apps) and "aiding and abetting" (sides) was an analogy for the old kick-someone's ass-on-your-first-day adage, 10-ounce angus-cut burgers like the "Cruelty to Animals" (apple-smoked bacon, proscuitto and chorizo) paired aside $7 Belgian ales show they're not messing around, if not saluting those about to rock.
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Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul