The theme of Highwood's 210 Restaurant is "Food for the Body, Music for the Soul, and liquor just because."
The recently opened 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge, located at 210 Green Bay Road, in Highwood has an interesting history.
It's been around since 1949 starting life as a bowling alley some may remember as Mary Jane Lanes.
In the 70's it was transformed into a nightclub called Minstrel’s Alley where Chicago-area and national touring musicians including Cheap Trick, Styx, and Jump in the Saddle Band performed.
Following that the space returned to its original roots as a bowling alley called Highwood Lanes and then was renamed The Alley.
In 2015 Steve Goldstein who was running The Alley and Chef Jeff Tomchek who was just leaving an executive Chef position at Green Acre’s Country Club came up with the 210 concept and began the total renovation of the space turning it into a chef-driven restaurant and late night lounge featuring a spacious dining area, live music, and dance.
The 11,000 sq. ft. interior boasts a large bar area, tables for large and small groups, cozy lounge areas with sofas and coffee/cocktail tables admdist vintage crystal chandeliers, vintage lamps and art work hand-picked by co-owner Peggy Goldstein who describes the decor as "vintage fusion,"
Downstairs, offers a fun casually furnished space featuring a bar and two ping pong tables.
Tomchek describes his new restaurant as "like a really cool person's living room."
The menu is a fusion of eclectic regional American cuisine including dry-rub ribs from their own barbecue pit, homemade soups, poke, rich and creative desserts and much more.
The bar features 6 taps and one of the largest bottled beer selection in the area.
A rarity on the North Shore, 210 features live entertainment 5 nights a week usually with no cover charge.
The venue offers a high-quality stage, stage lighting and a 32-channel digital sound board attended by a trained, professional sound tech.
Judy Shatkin, co-owner and director of 210's music program, is also an accomplished jazz musician and pianist, and has installed an in-house Kawai concert grand piano and a Hammond B3 organ, Leslie speaker and grand piano.
For reservations, entertainment line-up and more click here or call 847 433 0304.
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