The vacant Tradesman’s Trust Building at 1322 Chestnut is being turned into Tradesman’s, a bi-level, 6,000-square-foot restaurant from Teddy Sourias. Sourias’ Craft Concepts Group includes Cinder, Bru Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn, Finn McCools, and, in season, Uptown Beer Barden. Tradesman’s is next to Bru and U-Bahn, with the entrance on the corner of Juniper and Chestnut streets.
The building, which dates back to 1906, has been gutted and is currently in the process of being renovated, with the exposed brick, terrazzo floors, marble, and detail work on the original 23-foot ceilings retained. When it’s complete, the first floor will have an open layout featuring the main dining area and bar; there will be another bar and more tables on the mezzanine.
Tradesman’s will offer lunch, brunch, and dinner service with seats for 200 inside, plus outdoor tables along Chestnut Street. The menu focuses on regional barbecue dishes, like Carolina pulled pork, Kansas City ribs, West-Texas brisket, and California tri-tip, complemented by locally sourced produce.
The bar program includes 40 taps pouring only American craft beers and ciders. The beer list will also include selections from local, regional, and national breweries — all American. The whiskeys will be American, too, with around 100 choices from independent distilleries.
Trademan’s is slated to open late this year or early 2018. Alex Bokulich is the director of operations and the beer director. The architect is Dimitri Armenakis of Lance Kramer & Associates, which also designed Cinder and U-Bahn. No chef has been announced yet.
Here’s what Trademan’s looks like now: