Beach and barn come together at the Outer Harbor

Posted at 12:35 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 12:52:45-04

Saw a barn in half and you have the new Beach Club at the Outer Harbor.

Plans to transform the Outer Harbor show a mix of icons of the North American landscape, like grain elevators and barns, with the beach.

The large sign reading "Beach" on the restaurant will be impossible to miss from the Central Wharf or the Skyway.

The "fast-casual" seaside restaurant on Fuhrmann Boulevard at Wilkeson Pointe Park offers a sheltered spot to be social, good for rain or shine, just walking distance of the River Tent, Community Porch, and Seaway Deli.

The River Tent, inspired by the Millenium Dome in London and a floating seasonal bar in Amsterdam, will be the first of several places for explorers to stop, check out, have a beer, or enjoy a snack before venturing elsewhere. The tent is big but open-sided, giving the air of a tent but also providing a view into the surrounding boatyard, the action of the ferry landing, and the downtown skyline.

The Seaway Deli has plans to provide the official smells of summer at the Outer Harbor. It will be a place to buy sandwiches, popsicles, and barbeque chicken. It will also sell sunblock, beach toys, fish bait, and picnic supplies. The Seaway Deli will be under the Skyway, directly opposite the South Michigan Avenue Pier and near a marina.

Simple additions with lots of potential could be on their way to the Outer Harbor.