Daniel Jones, Jim Ailes, David Pentzien, owners of Chatham Tap (8211 E. 116th St., 317-845-1090; 719 Massachusetts Ave., 317-917-8425) have announced plans to open a beer-meets-flatbread concept this September in the now-shuttered Agio space (635 Massachusetts Ave.).
The new owners have removed the orange awning from the exterior of the building and (thankfully) plan to lose that bizarre, jail-like fence that separates the outdoor seating area from the sidewalk. As far as fresh paint goes, they are leaning toward oceanic blues—inside and out. Expect vintage beer cans and colorful bottle caps to be incorporated into the design, along with shuffleboard, darts, and TVs.
They’ve decided to remove the bar that is currently set up on the left side of the space and build a brand-new bar on the right, complete with 24 rotating taps and a nifty draft system for wines. Chatham’s chef, Roger Martin, plans to offer upscale neighborhood pub fare. He’s testing flatbread and beer pairings and tells us we can expect combinations like a stout and/or porter beside a pulled lamb flatbread sandwich smothered with a chocolate barbecue reduction and garnished with toasted almonds, craisins, and aged white cheddar.