Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is opening a 1930s-inspired tea house and cafe, Madame Zuzu’s, in an old post office space in the Ravinia neighborhood of the Chicago suburb Highland Park. According to a Chicago Eater report, the cafe will feature pour-over coffees from Chicago’s Intelligentsia.
“We want to open it because there’s nothing really to do up here,” Corgan, who lives in Highland Park, told the Chicago Eater back in December. “But [there’s a] lack of culture for someone in their 30s or 40s. I think for such a nice place you need places to go and meet people and exchange ideas. That’s the idea fot the tea house … a place to gather.”
Scheduled to open Thursday, Sept. 13, Madame Zuzu’s will feature teas from throughout the world, as well as artistic performances such as poetry readings and acoustic music. Corgan is expected to attend and perform at the opening, but no specific times have been announced.