New Teahouse from Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan

The Smashing Pumpkins rocker opens a 1930s, Chinese-inspired tea house in Chicago

Billy Corgan really loves his tea.

Not every rocker is drinking coffee (among other poisons). After months of delays, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman, Billy Corgan, will open a tea house in Chicago tomorrow. 

Located in Highland Park's Ravinia neighborhood, Madame ZuZu's has a little bit of everything, say reports from the Chicago Sun-Times: a 1930s, Art Deco vibe, plus French and Chinese influences. Imagine a step up from the traditional Starbucks; Corgan told the Sun-Times that he wants it to be a "conversational salon." Corgan also told Eater that although the opening was delayed since spring of this year, it's turned out better than he hoped. "It's people of all ages, even 7 year olds are telling me they want to come to the tea shop," he said to Eater. 

So what can tea lovers expect from Madame ZuZu's? Twelve kinds of loose-leaf tea, from different regions of the world: Morocco, Japan, China, and India, to start. There will be the traditional teas — green, black, and oolong — also on tap. Plus, the shop will also carry Intelligentsia pour-over coffee and vegan desserts from Highwood's Bent Fork Bakery. 

Who would have known that Corgan was such a tea connossieur? According to the Sun-Times, it's always been tea over coffee for the rock star. "I’ve never had coffee. I’ve always hated the smell," Corgan said to the Sun-Times. "It was always tea... I grew up drinking Lipton. I didn’t know there was other tea to drink." Good thing Madame ZuZu's has more than Lipton to offer.