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Billy Corgan is opening a tea shop.

Billy Corgan to Open Tea Shop in Chicago

written by: on December 29, 2011

Chicago’s own Billy Corgan plans to open a tea shop in the windy city’s northern Highland Park neighborhood.

In an interview with foodie-magazing Eater, the Great Pumpkin said he wants to fill the “lack of culture for someone in their 30s or 40s” in the upscale area.

He plans to give his restaurant a retro vibe by modeling it after 1930s Chinese/French tea shops. Ultimately, Corgan wants provide a place where people feel comfortable enough to discuss architecture and art, and as such the musician won’t be spending much time sipping tea in his own establishment.

“If people come in to stalk me I won’t hang out because I don’t want to disrupt the customers,” Corgan said in the interview.

Corgan said the shop won’t open until the spring.

This isn’t the Smashing Pumpkins frontman’s first extra-musical endeavor. In addition to all the tea shop talk, Corgan also recently started his own professional wrestling company called Resistance Pro Wrestling.