You and co-owner Eric Zudak spent months remodeling the two-story venue.
Erika Burdzilauskas, who lived in Garfield Park, was familiar with the grand Dutch colonial style on Shelby Street that once housed their neighborhood bike shop, Joe’s Cycles. When the owner moved and the site became available, she took the opportunity to transform the place into her own hangout, The Townsend. She and co-owner Eric Zudak spent months remodeling the two-story venue, which welcomes visitors in the doorway with a cozy lounge with cobalt walls. The guests can sit on the leather sofa and “play cards or have a sandwich and a cocktail,” says Burdzilauskas.
The dining room has a piano and an open kitchen. But the two owners (who redesigned the house bar after their favorite Chicago spot, Danny’s Tavern) predict that Townsend’s biggest attraction will be in the back door, where a fenced area provides picnic areas and a stage. They have their sights set on a spring opening, but they have already branded the company as the “backyard of Garfield Park”. 2242 Shelby St., thetownsendindy.com