Teagarden By Kaleidyspro’: Billy Corgan Opens Chicago Cafe
Via Eater Waver Wire: Chicago’s suburban Ravinia neighborhood will soon play host to The Smashing Pumpkins front man / noted Tila Tequila dater Billy Corgan, whose hotly anticipated “1930s-style 30-seat Chinese tea house” is scheduled to open on this upcoming Thursday, Sept. 13th.
The cafe is called “Madame ZuZu’s,” an unfortunate bit of titular whimsy for which America is to blame – after all, we’re the ones who bought 10 million copies of something called “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.” [Confidential to Billy: We're actually really big fans, we just have to make with the yuk yuks because people expect it. Pisces Iscariot is the greatest B-sides record ever! Adore was criminally underrated!]
Corgan and Co. will be serving coffee and delicious teas from Chicago cohorts Intelligentsia, and the space itself actually looks really pretty. More from Eater:
Corgan told Eater that he’s “relieved” the 1930s-style 30-seat Chinese tea house, set inside the former U.S. Post Office station in the Ravinia neighborhood, is finally opening. Back in December, Corgan told Eater that he wanted to create a cool space for 30- and 40-somethings to gather and exchange ideas. But now, he said, they’re getting incredible response from the neighborhood. “It’s so much better than I could have hoped for,” Corgan said. “It’s people of all ages, even seven year olds are telling me they want to come to the tea shop.”
The space was completely renovated and now features a long dark wood bar, black-and-white flooring, metal plating on the ceiling, red walls, deco lighting and a piano. He previously mentioned they’ll open up the space for people to display art, host talks, do live performances and more, but they’re focusing on getting the tea side of the business up and running first.
Billy Corgan himself will play an acoustic set on opening day. On a semi-related note, have you ever spent any time on the autobiographical “Confessions” section of Billy Corgan’s LiveJournal? It’s a trip. You should totally bring your laptop and read through this stuff on your first trip to ZuZu’s, because irony.