Plans unveiled for former 27 Live space

Signs announcing the plans for the 1012 Church St. space.

Signs are up at the former 27 Live building at 1012 Church St. in Evanston announcing plans for new restaurant and music offerings there.

Ron Onesti, president and CEO of the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, says Rock ‘N Ravioli will serve Italian recipes and offer live music. The menu will feature home-made fillings and sauces including braised short ribs and potato, lobster and asparagus, and Frangelico creme sauce on pumpkin ravs along with deep dish Chicago Style, pan and stuffed pizzas.

Creative craft cocktails and beers will be available both at “Rock ‘N Ravioli” and at “1012 Bourbon & Brass” a 1920s-style speakeasy and showroom located on the restaurant’s second level.  A cabaret stage will add to the ambiance of the antique-laden room.

The “Evanston Rocks” stage located in the restaurant will feature continuous live music from local favorites to national superstars.  The super-sized kitchen will also provide gourmet outside event catering, pizza delivery and carry out options.

“The building will be an exciting venue for music fans and foodies alike,” Onesti says.  “So many residents from the Evanston area travel to The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles to see some of the most exciting entertainers in the world. Now they will have a new place closer to home for unique dining and entertainment experiences!”

Onesti says he hopes to open in Evanston in mid-June.

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Great news!  

Great news!


Success in booking high-quality artists

In just a short stretch of time Mr. Onesti has succeeded in booking high-quality artists such as Toto, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Mr. Big at the Arcada Theatre. It is unlikely that Mr. Malmsteem or these others could be accomodated (or contained) in a small Evanston venue, but the concert roster from out west shows us that Onesti can very ably deal in quality music. When 27 Live opened some years ago, an optimistic facebook commentor noted that we lacked a proper rock club in Evanston, and that the (then) new venue might reasonably attract rock, heavy blues, and punk bands of disctinction. Regretablly 27 Live never became such a club, failing to land seasoned touring acts such as Dokken, Warrant, NOFX, etc. 

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