Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen: One Cool Space

Gasto-Pub is the Word
The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen may not be open yet, but it’s looking pretty awesome. The new gastro-pub at 1301 S. Wabash Ave. plans to debut this June, if all goes according to plan, so says owner, Chris Bravos. Bravos, former co-owner of The Pony in Lakeview, let me walk through the build-out space and take pictures of the work in progress.

Rustic Styling Modern Amenities
Inside the new space on the first floor, there are two bars: one in front and one in back. The interior is a mix of cooper, wood, brick, and stone. This rustic look is all part of Bravos’s master plan. The Scout will be provide space for smaller, more intimate groups, as well as larger spaces for parties, organizational fund-raising events, and so on. If you’re like to watch television, you’re in luck. The Scout will have 34 flat screen TVs! I don’t know for sure, but I doubt there is a restaurant, pub, tavern, bar in the South Loop that even comes close to having that many TV screens of any kind.

1301 S. Wabash will never be the same...and that's a good thing!

Cool and Green
Surrounding the bar are mirror-finish cooper panels. The bar top is made of reclaimed wood, helping to not only make the space cool, but green as well.

Bravos’s new gastro-pub won’t just be an exciting addition to the South Loop and Wabash Ave., but a destination must-go-to place for folks visiting Chicago.


  1. Here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Gastropub refers to a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food."

  2. Just came from The Scout. Food was great, nice selection of beer, wine & other spirtis & the prices are reasonable. Wherever you sit, you can see a TV, in fact several TV's. There's a cool sliding wall hiding a private room in the back of the pub. Be prepared to wait, to be seated & for your food, if you go any time soon. Being a party of 3, we waited an hour & 10 minutes to be seated & then an hour for our food. I'm sure the delay can be attributed to the fact that it's a beatiful Friday night, it's the new spot on the block & it's their third day being opened. The staff was friendly & the food was good, so I'll give it another try. Given it's in my neighborhood, I'll try to support them.


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