When the Cordis Brothers Supper Club closed last year right after the North Center Rib Fest ended, many Lakeview and North Center residents were taken by surprise. The relatively new restaurant had just taken first place in the competition for their ribs. Just a few months later, without any notice to the neighborhood, they closed their doors and were gone.
Cordis Brothers took over the restaurant in 2007, which was home to a steakhouse named Biasetti’s. The new owners changed much of the menu, with one big exception: they kept the original rib recipe. Biasett’s had been known for their ribs, not for the sauce and for the monstrous portion size. People who were regulars at Biasetti’s don’t all agree that the recipe is exactly the same, but it was the lasting legacy of the restaurant that served the area for over 60 years. Cordis Brothers billed themselves as a supper club, with dark lighting and lounge singers, an attempt at a theme restaurant that no one ever really caught on to.
Although Biasetti’s was extremely busy in its heyday, Cordis Brothers took over at a time when the location was struggling to fill tables. The new restaurant generated business, but was never able to capture the success of its previous incarnation. After just over two years, the owners called it quits, even after receiving press all over Chicago after winning the award for best-tasting ribs at the annual rib-tasting festival.
Shortly after they closed, a new sign was posted in the small window in the front of the restaurant, announcing “Long Live the Pig.” No one knew exactly what it meant, but shortly afterward, The Piggery opened. The inside of the restaurant has been fully remodeled, and it is more of a BBQ joint than a supper club or steakhouse. In the tradition of those that came before, they still kept the same recipe for the ribs, as well as the over-sized portions. The outside of the restaurant remains the same as it always has, with the exception of a new sign.
It remains to be seen if The Piggery can succeed where Cordis Brothers failed, but the neighborhood just isn’t the same without a place to get ribs. For location information and hours for The Piggery, visit their website at www.thepiggerychicago.com.