Inspired by his love for kosher meat and a desire to give back to the community, Jeff Aeder, a real estate investor by trade, opened Milt's Barbecue for the Perplexed in late 2012 as a side project. In 2016, Aeder's love of baseball led him to launch The Jewish Baseball Museum, a virtual collection of memorabilia, facts, and interviews detailing the history of Jews in baseball.
Aeder is merging his passions together in his latest project: Milt's Extra Innings, a kosher carry-out deli coming to Lakeview in mid-October.
The restaurant will be supervised by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and feature classic deli fare, sandwiches, and prepared food "like you would find at a Whole Foods and an upscale market," according to Aeder.
"Man or woman cannot live by barbecue alone," Aeder said. "While Milt's has done terrific, you need some variety."
Like Milt's Barbecue, the menu will be nut-free and will offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. In addition to the baseball-inspired name, the deli will be decorated with a timeline of Jewish baseball history and memorabilia from Aeder's extensive personal collection.
The restaurant, located next door to Milt's at 3409 N. Broadway, will have seating for 12. Its projected opening date is Oct. 15.
Milt's Extra Innings will be the second kosher restaurant to open in Lakeview this year. Mizrahi on Clark, an Israeli grill, opened in May. While Milt's Extra Innings will be located in Lakeview, the deli will also have a Shabbat menu offering traditional fare like cholent and chicken. Milt's Extra Innings plans to deliver to synagogues and individuals on the North Shore on Fridays.
According to Aeder, his new restaurant will continue "Milt's-style of social entrepreneurism" by donating 100 percent of its profits to charity and recruiting employees from the Sidney and Lisa Glenner Keshet GADOL program, a vocational program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
"We have a few young adults from the Keshet GADOL program who work at Milt's right now," Aeder said. "We decided that this would be a great opportunity for us to expand that relationship. We're going to create a very fun atmosphere for them to work in and a fun way for them to interact with the community."
Keshet is a partner with JUF in serving our community.