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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] J. Gardella’s Tavern

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Lunch = $$ ($7 to $9)

Dinner=$ (under $10)

Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Full Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010 coverage.

Just a few doors in from the corner of Fulton Street and Ionia Avenue, J. Gardella’s Tavern awaits ArtPrize enthusiasts looking for a casual “Chicago tavern-style” experience. Their fare includes a variety of starters, burgers, sandwiches and wraps. If there’s a fall chill be sure to try their chili served with warm tortilla chips—it’s hearty and offers just the right amount of spice. Gardella’s also offers patrons a late night menu featuring hearty snacks from 11 PM to 2 AM. Most food items average around $7.

Gardella’s has three floors where guests can enjoy food and libations. The top floor offers a quieter space and caters to a “more mature” crowd. The main level is typically filled with large groups. If you’re looking for tattoos and mohawks you can find them in the lower level.

To quench your thirst, check out Gardella’s selection of flavored vodkas. They’ll also be running specials on New Holland brews during ArtPrize.

Other items to note:

  • Tuesday—karaoke night
  • Wednesday—½ off drink specials 
  • Friday—80s night

The ArtPrize you’ll see

J. Gardella’s Tavern will host four ArtPrize artists all exhibiting on the main floor. Sabine LeDieu was selected her use of re-used and recycled materials in her sculpture work. Recycling is very important to the restaurant as well. Sabine’s piece titled Spirits Tree is created from natural and synthetic wine corks.

Tom Doyle will exhibit his piece titled Miniature Carousel, which is a hand crafted working piece made of plaster and wood. It features over 300 lights, beveled glass mirrors, and authentic carousel music.

The remaining two artists Wesley Salisbury and Gerard Wood will be showing their pieces titled Man’s Journey and Watercolor Collage, respectively. Rumor has it one of these pieces will remain a permanent fixture on Gardella’s wall. ArtPrize voters and Gardella’s staff will make the final selection.   

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