With our friend George Jenkins doing temporary hosting duty at OPBCO’s Tuesday night open mic, outdoors no less, I loaded up my keyboard and drove to Oak Park to check out the venue. Very inviting, that’s for sure. A good-sized triangle of real estate on the inside of the intersection of Broadway and 4th Avenue is OPBCO’s patio, and it’s clearly a gathering place for Oak Park locals who enjoy being to walk to it from home. Judging by the people there last night, I’d say the food is given high points since many people were eating. The menu is not your typical fried pub food menu. Someone has created an exceptional variety of dishes, such that a casual visitor may wonder whether they’ve visited an restaurant brewing its own beer, or a brewpub serving some inspired dishes. Either way, visitors to OPBCO win.
This is going to be a really enjoyable place to hang out on Monday evenings as the weather warms. Below are a number of photos I took of most of the performers, and a handful of audience members who didn’t wait for summer.