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Billy Corgan Opens Tea Shop In Chicago
Laurie Tuffrey , September 14th, 2012 02:30

Smashing Pumpkins man takes a stand against the "grab-and-go Starbucks experience" by sitting down with a brew

Erstwhile sonic perfectionist turned madcap entrepreneur Billy Corgan has opened a tea shop in Chicago, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman's new cafe is called Madame ZuZu's, located in the Highland Park suburb of the city, and was launched yesterday by Corgan playing acoustic sets in-store.

Corgan told the paper that he wants the new establishment to reinvigorate the concept of a "conversational salon", not promoting the "grab-and-go Starbucks experience":

"I’ve always been fascinated with that era, the Jazz Age. There’s a weird connection in my mind between the decadence of a certain era and political unrest. … Today, people are so disconnected from the political process, but they’re updating their Facebook page 27 times a day. There’s a lot going on in the country right now, and local discourse is important. It’s important for people to talk and get beyond the wall of Facebook and social media.”

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