The brains behind one of Chicago’s most celebrated new breweries are currently getting ready to take their talents to New York where they intend to develop a brand new restaurant concept.
Owners Jared Rouben and Jeremy Cohn are the minds behind one of Chicago’s best rated local breweries, Moody Tongue. Built on the philosophy of culinary brewing, Brewmaster Jared Rouben envisioned a new brewery concept that would appeal to audiences with a “moody tongue”. Moody Tongue made headlines a few years ago when it became the world’s first two Michelin star brewery, a rather impressive accomplishment for a company established in 2014.
Now, Rouben and Cohn are currently getting ready to open a brand new restaurant concept for New York. Their new concept, which has yet to be officially titled, will be opening up at 150 West 10th Street, replacing Highlands, a popular Scottish bar that operated from 2009 until the pandemic forced the owners to shutter their doors in 2021. The location offers about 1,975 square feet of space between the ground floor and basement, and is expected to be able to seat about 42 guests inside at one time.
Cohn describes their new project as an “Elevated bar showcasing culinary beers and seafood dishes,” and has even attached a sample menu to indicate what kind of seafood he hopes to serve. The menu lists a daily selection of oysters on the half shell, as well as uni toast, toro tacos, and caviar handrolls. The menu also lists a robust selection of crudo, and will offer everything from yellowtail jalapeno to abalone yuzu.
Of course, as brewers themselves, Cohn and Rouben will naturally be applying for a full liquor license for the space. Intending to offer a wide selection of Moody Tongue’s most popular chef-inspired draughts, Cohn and Reuben are proposing operating hours of 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM every day. While you wait, you can follow Moody Tongue on Instagram for regular updates as well as information about their latest and greatest brews.