American comfort food with an upscale twist, accompanied by blues and rock, is the recipe for success being brewed by owner John Tasiopoulos at 27 Live, which held its official ribbon-cutting opening Thursday night in the 1000 block of Church Street.
Sixth Ward Alderman Mark Tendam, Mayor Liz Tisdahl, and Tasiopoulos share ribbon-cutting honors.
A much more ambitious undertaking than his first restaurant, the Old Neighborhood Grill on Central Street, this two-story, 14,000-square-foot venue occupies the space once held by Carmen’s, the pizza place, just west of the railroad viaducts in downtown Evanston.
With an intimate bar upstairs and a large entertainment room downstairs, the new venue shows promise to be a popular hangout for 21-and-over Northwestern students as well as their classic-rock-oriented elders.
Executive Chef Matthew Moss and Chef d’Cuisine Charles Andersson
27 Live gets its name from the popular music stars who lost their lives in their rock ‘n roll youth, including premature legends Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse. In essence, 27 Live is a living memorial to these musical classics.
Tasiopoulos summarizes the restaurant’s mission on his business cards: “Eat good food. Drink great whiskey. Listen to rock ‘n roll.”
Top: The ground-floor entertainment lounge at 27 Live.