Q-BBQ, Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand-winning restaurant and a Chicagoland favorite, will celebrate the Chicago Cubs entering the World Series for the first time since 1945 by smoking a goat at their pop-up restaurant in Chicago's most iconic building, The Willis Tower. The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and fans believe a curse was placed on the team after a local tavern owner was asked to leave Wrigley Field with his goat in 1945. Though many fans have since tried to break the curse, the pop-up restaurant in Chicago's tallest building will offer a way for more Cubs fans to participate than any previous attempt.
"The Curse of the Billy Goat has haunted Cubs fans for generations and has become a part of American sports folklore. I truly believe our national barbeque tradition just might be the cure," says Michael LaPidus, founder of Q-BBQ. "BBQ is about bringing people together as a community. This week the whole world is going to be talking about the Cubs, so this is our way of bringing Chicagoans to the table in a common purpose."
For Q-BBQ, it's not just about breaking a curse or celebrating, it's about doing what they do best: smoking and barbecuing succulent meat. And what is more American than baseball and barbeque? Q-BBQ will rub the goat with their 13-spice blend and then smoke it over Hickory and Applewood logs for eight hours. It will be available (while supplies last) as a sandwich for $10.08 and served with Q-BBQ's homemade chimichurri sauce as an homage to the last year the Cubs won the World Series 108 years ago.
After hosting a sold-out pop-up restaurant at the Willis Tower in February, Q-BBQ is returning to the Loop's most famous building with even more of its award-winning 22-hour hickory smoked brisket and other fan-favorite meals. Lines during the February pop-up stretched around the interior of the building and even bigger crowds are expected for the week of lunch service from October 24 to 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Smoked goat will be available beginning October 25, the first day of the World Series.
Q-BBQ's Pop-Up Restaurant will also feature grab-n-go favs: choice of smoked meats: pulled pork, chopped brisket, and pulled chicken available as a plate with two sides ($8-$11) or as a sandwich ($6.99). Salads ($8) with a choice of smoked meats or a SouthWest Salad. From scratch sides ($1.99) include: Creamy Slaw, BBQ Baked Beans, Mac-Q-Roni and Cornbread.