American Ice Company, old Google Maps photo

Their name and the day they are opening are very appropriate: it’s so freaking cold outside. American Ice Company (Vermont/V), the bar/BBQ joint from the Hilton brothers of Marvin, etc. will be opening Thursday Wednesday. Thanks for commenter Katie for pointing me in the direction of this TBD article that quotes the owner as changing the date to Thursday. If you stop by, let me know how it is in the comments.

American Ice Company, old Google Maps photo

I haven’t covered this soon-to-open business as well as I’d have liked, so here is an update. American Ice Company, coming from the Hilton brothers of Marvin, Patty Boom Boom etc. fame, will be a barbeque and beer joint at V and Vermont.

American Ice Company will have a fairly large outdoor seating area, which lead some area residents to complain about potential noise issues.

Prince of Petworth has photos of the interior. It looks pretty nice, with a warehouse, eclectic vibe.


Looking good


Blackbyrd Warehouse, the coffee shop and performance space coming from the Hilton brothers (owners of Marvin, etc.), has made a lot of progress. No ETA on the business, but it certainly is moving along. Very excited.

Blackbird Warehouse progress

Walked by last night and saw that workers were soldering together window casings for the front of the building at the soon-to-be Blackbird Warehouse next to Marvin (a coffee shop/performance space from the Hilton brothers). Looking good, glad to see them progressing a long.

Apologies for the crappy cell phone pic, I didn’t have my camera on me.

A lot of news about the 14th street corridor has come out this week, let’s take a look:

  • What we thought was going to be a wine bar/bakery on the corner of 14th and U will actually be Blackbird Warehouse – a coffee shop and performance space from the Hilton brothers. This excites me and I hope that it’s a coffee shop in line with Mid City Caffe and Peregrine Espresso.
  • Cafe Salsa closed this week. While I’m not surprised (they were a mediocre Mexican restaurant competing with some top spaces) I’m sad to see a place close.
  • It’s official, the old Seafood & Crab place will be a Chicago hotdog joint, and they will serve liquor. It will be called Chidogo – really? Hope they come up with a better name before they open.