Workin’ on the Nightwood

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Nightwood (2119 S. Halsted St.), the second restaurant from Lula Cafe co-owner’s Amalea Tshilds and Jason Hammel and partners Kevin Heisner and Matt Eisler, is set to debut in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. I sat down with Hammel last December in anticipation of the opening to talk about Lula, his cooking philosophy, and the new restaurant. In the following podcast interview he talks about his old writing mentor, the late David Foster Wallace, the impromptu ping pong games in the basement during the early years at Lula, and the importance of the French Laundry cookbook. I apologize for the background noise on this one as we recorded it in the busy front room of Lula cafe. Enjoy.

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One Comment on "Workin’ on the Nightwood"


A real peek into the things that must keep a chef/owner up at night.

I had a friend that lived above Blackbird and I remember seeing the cooks playing basketball in their whites in the alley. Of course, they too probably got too busy/serious to think about shooting hoops at work.

I think that someone who believes that expansion is way to provide their staff or “family” more opportunity is in a way showing how they feel about the world by owning a restaurant.

Not to worry. Pilsen is waiting for you to succeed not to fall short.


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