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Mindy Friedler and Mark Bires, owners of Jerry’s
Monday, July 9th, Jerry’s Wicker Park (or as we’re calling it: Jerry’s 2:Electric Bugaloo) opens. While owners Mindy Friedler and Mark Bires derisively refer to Jerry’s I as a “Super Subway,” their attention to detail—like using an iceberg and arugula lettuce blend for both crunch and flavor, smoking meats and fish in a log-burning smoker and whipping up homemade condiments like chipotle chutney—make Jerry’s a palace of sandwich craft. Located at 1938 W. Division St., the new place features a more sophisticated design, with handcrafted chandeliers made from serving spoons and a flagstone-style fireplace, a community gathering space and a few anticipated additions to the menu: plated desserts and American craft beers. Enjoy a photo slideshow of the new digs from photographer Lara Kastner.
I also sat down with Mindy, Mark, and their manager Uriah a few weeks ago to talk about the nuances of the old place and their hopes for the new one in this week’s podcast. If you have Adobe Flash installed, you can play the file right on this site, below, by pressing the play button. If not, download the file and play it on your PC or on an MP3 player here: Mindy and Mark Interview
Also, we debut a little interview video here at Hungry magazine (shot by Lara Kastner). Watch Mark Bires explain how Jerry’s got it’s name: