Summer is right around the corner, and with it a fresh crop of rumored restaurant and bar openings in our humble neck of the woods. Here’s a roundup of the whispers we’ve heard thus far.
A mystery-laden press release from Scofflaw (@scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave.) revealed that the team behind Chicago’s No. 1 bar is working to fill “the Bonny’s-sized hole in your heart at 2417 N. Milwaukee.” As you might recall, Bonny’s was a neighborhood favorite for late night drinks and a sweaty, crowded dance floor. The press release mentions both drinks and food.
Parts & Labor
Boiler Room (@boilerroomchi, 2210 N. California Ave.) owner Russ Grant is opening Parts & Labor, a burger concept on the corner of Sawyer and Milwaukee. Grant told the Eater that the burger would be a thin, griddled patty that is “the antithesis of Kuma’s.”
Eater reports that the second new project from Boiler Room’s Grant will be a speakeasy-style bar (apparently “speakeasy” now equates to “no sign”) at 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Madison Public House
The Innjoy team is working on a project at 2200 N. Milwaukee Ave., former home of Daddy Cool’s. The public house will feature food, drink and a vibe similar to Innjoy’s.
TBD Project from Violet Hour
Eater Chicago reported rumors that the team behind Violet Hour is working on a craft cocktail spot in the former Las Islas Marinas space at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Land and Sea Dept. are said to be working on a project at 2101 N. California Ave., the former Ronny’s space. According to sources, the fare will be German.
The owner of Azucar (2647 N. Kedzie Ave.) is said to be working on State Fair, which will take over the former Rewster’s space on Diversey near Kedzie.
Radler & D.A.S.
Expected to open in later summer, Radler (@dasradler, 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is a large German beer hall from Adam Hebert and Nathan Sears, formally of Vie. There also will be a smaller upscale restaurant within the beer hall dubbed D.A.S., where Sears will host a limited number of seatings per week for a single chef’s table.
The Harding Tavern
Coming this summer to Milwaukee & Spaulding from the owner of Cafe Con Leche & D’Noche (@cafeconlechechi, @cafednoche, 2710 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is The Harding Tavern. According to their Facebook page, they’ll serve “shareable plates, cocktails and a hand-picked beer selection inspired by local culture and cuisine.” Hat tip to @justiner on this one!