The ownership team behind Fountainhead, Fountainhead Market, and the Bar on Buena is proud to introduce Chicago's first cider focused pub and bistro. While gradually building cider programs at their other establishments, the ownership team began developing such a passion for the beverage, that considering the complete renaissance that the beverage is currently experiencing in the US, led the team to conclude that it was high time this city had an establishment primarily focused on the apple. Given the team's proclivity for travel and visiting the source of the products they champion, trips to Michigan, England, France, and Spain ensued, and the full concept was born - a pub and bistro that would draw influence from all of the great cider producing regions of the world, not only in the beverage offerings, but in the cuisine, in the decor, in the music, and in the approach to serving cider, apple-based spirits, and cocktails combining the two, in an intimate and welcoming setting. With a specific emphasis on influences from Northern France and Southern England, The Northman hopes to bring a truly unique concept to both the cider revolution and the north side of Chicago.
Ambrosia first fell in love with cider about 5 years ago while drinking scrumpy out of dusty old kegs in English pubs. Since that first taste, she has been on the hunt for unique and tasty ciders, finding her home at The Northman. She focuses on the skills of craft cocktails, without forgetting that the main job of a bartender is to serve people.
When we think cider here in Chicago we think Cider Brian, and so should you. Brian (a Chicago native) has been pouring, selling, drinking, making, and judging cider for 5yrs. Starting the flames of his passion about ten years ago by making small batches of cider at home, through the years he has honed his talent in sales and passion to educate into a full time cider career.
A rising culinary talent well-known in acclaimed kitchens throughout Chicago – was a member of Zagat’s 2014 Chicago “30 Under 30 class” at the age of 27, and among Eater’s 2012 Young Guns Final 50 when he was just 25 years old. McMullen served as the executive chef of The Brixton in Andersonville and was chef de cuisine on the opening team at Band of Bohemia, now the city and country’s first-ever Michelin-starred brewpub.
Jonathan got his first job in the restaurant industry at the age of 18, while getting his BA in theater from Columbia College Chicago. After graduating, he started his own theater company, so naturally his restaurant career continued.
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