GLENVIEW — A love affair with meat and craft beer turned Gary Shupak from a restaurant executive into an entrepreneur.
Shupak founded JD’s Q & Brew in Arlington Heights more than three years ago and opened his second restaurant of the same name near the intersection of Pfingsten and Willow Roads in Glenview November 30.
Prior to opening the first JD’s, he spent nearly a quarter century with the Levy Restaurant.
“I love craft beer and I love meat,” said Shupak explaining his decision for the eatery’s style. “I’m a people person and I love to entertain.”
When he found a location near Willow and Pfingsten, Shupak knew he had the right spot for his next restaurant.
“Glenview is close enough but far enough away,” said Shupak. “It will help bring people from Glenview and Northbrook and all the businesses around Milwaukee (Avenue) and Sanders (Road).”
Freshness is a hallmark of JD’s menu, according to Shupak. “Everything we do is fresh, the ribs, the sauces, all the sides,” said Shupak. “We put love into the food. We dry rub all our meats and smoke it low and slow so it does not overcook. The meat falls off the bones. Nothing is mass produced.”
Care goes into beer selection as well. He plans to have six on tap as well as between 70 and 75 other craft brews in bottles. Some of the selections may be as local as Glenview and others come from further away. For those who want national brands, they will be available too. Wine will be served as well.
Shupak said ribs are the signature dish of Q & Brew but there are other traditional barbeque items on the menu like brisket, pulled pork, chicken and a turkey leg. There are also combination plates of different meats.
“We offer them dry or wet with our own barbeque sauce,” said Shupak. The sauce is bottled and sold as a separate item.
Another special dish is the brisket, which is smoked for 13½ hours and dry rubbed, according to Shupak.
Along with the meats, people can order from among more than a dozen choices of side dishes, which include macaroni and cheese, baked beans, slaw and corn bread.
“We make the corn bread fresh with real corn, corn meal and milk,” said Shupak “We get a nice brown shade to it.”
With their food and drink, customers can enjoy sports or local news on the televisions in the bar. There will be music there too, according to Shupak. He said he expects a robust carry out business and hopes to do catering.
JD’s Q & Brew is located at 2853 Pfingsten Road, Glenview. Phone: 847-715-9557. http://jdsqandbrew.com/location.php