Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FOODIE TUESDAY LOCAL: Jolly Posh Opens in the Southport Corridor, May 2014

Keep Calm and Carry…Out? Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods, known for the finest selection of imported British and Irish foods in Chicago, is moving to the Southport Corridor! In May 2014, expat owner Nick Spencer is taking his concept down the street from its original location (1405 Irving Park Road) and opening the doors to a new, larger space catering to expats, anglophiles and Brit-obsessed Chicagoans alike! Located at 3755 N. Southport, the 1400 sq-ft space will offer a 35 plus-seat dining room, larger grocery area, expanded restaurant menu and an outdoor patio…fancy that?

Relocated to the heart of the Southport Corridor, Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods is a restaurant & grocery. During the week, the restaurant serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, along with beer, wine and liquor. A “proper breakfast” (aka brunch for those who don’t speak Brit) will also be served on the weekend. Specializing in all of the flavors of Britain and Ireland, the grocery carries everything from biscuits, chocolates and sweets to cheese, condiments, jams and teas. Owner Nick Spencer also prepares traditional items in-house including homemade meats.

"It's an exciting move for our business. We've been on Irving Park for two years and been able to really test our concept,” says Spencer. “When we move to the new location on Southport, we’ll offer a vastly expanded menu and be open for dinner during the week (and breakfast on the weekends); our seating capacity expands to 35 seats with another 18 seats outdoors; our grocery selection will be larger; and parking is easier. Everything we've been dreaming about will become a reality at our new location!”

The menu will feature British classics such as fish & chips, bangers (sausages) & mash, sausage & bacon butties (sandwiches), civilized sandwiches and of course, proper afternoon tea. A combination of fish & chip shop, tearoom, grocery store and restaurant, the interior design reflects a variety of concepts joined together under one roof.  Filled with a bit of old-school British charm, the modern space features hints of traditional plaids and tweeds including a front door in “telephone box red” to greet guests. The grocery area, similar to a 1930’s corner store, displays a variety of packaged and refrigerated items, tucked in the corner for guests to peruse after dining. Clad with richly colored walls and exposed brick, the flowing design is cozy, unpretentious and offers up a hint of British wit.

About Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods
Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods specializes in imported artisan British and Irish foods and products. Started in 2009, owner Nick Spencer makes traditionally homemade meats and distributes his products to specialty retailers and restaurants across the country. The online store allows consumers to purchase and ship Jolly Posh meats, artisan goods and imported staples anywhere in the USA. In 2012, the first Spencer’s Jolly Posh shop opened in Chicago and expanded to a larger restaurant and grocery in 2014.

For more information, please visit www.jollyposh.com.

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