Smoke Daddy headed to Wrigley Field hotel

Beer, barbecue and baseball. Is there any better combination? Derek Rettell doesn’t think so.

He and his partners at 4 Star Restaurant Group plan to open an offshoot of longtime Wicker Park barbecue spot Smoke Daddy in Hotel Zachary near Wrigley Field, joining Big Star, West Town Bakery, McDonald’s and a cocktail bar from the team behind Logan Square’s Billy Sunday.

The second Smoke Daddy, which like the other spots in the hotel plans to open in spring 2018, will be about double the size of the original location and will serve a nearly identical menu focused on fruitwood-smoked meats and Southern-inspired sides, along with a few surprises, Rettell said.

Spread over 8,000 square feet on the northern end of the seven-story hotel, Smoke Daddy will seat more than 300 over two floors along with about 80 more on an outdoor terrace overlooking the open-air plaza under construction near the Chicago Cubs’ stadium.

“The goal from the beginning of this project has been to change Wrigleyville into a dining destination,” Rettell said. “We’re excited to be part of a group of pretty great local restaurateurs in Chicago that can help change the non-game-day experience in the neighborhood.”

Smoke Daddy is planning to smoke meats such as pork shoulder, brisket and ribs with two 500-pound-capacity Southern Pride smokers, which will be showcased behind glass on the second floor of the restaurant, which also can be booked for private events. The first floor will be anchored by a large horseshoe-shaped bar with televisions tuned to sports. “Every spot will have a sight line to at least one TV,” Rettell said.

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