Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified The Moonlighter’s new chef, Mickey Neely. The article has been corrected.
With all the vacations, festivals, BBQs and beach days, summer always seems to fly by faster than you can say, “rosé all day.” Likewise, Logan Square’s restaurant and bar scene didn’t slow down for the dog days of summer, so if you’re looking to get a little caught up before fall is in full swing, sit back with that pumpkin spice latte, and keep on reading.
The Moonlighter Set to Debut This Fall
The team behind Scofflaw and Slippery Slope shed a little light on their newest venture, The Moonlighter (3204 W. Armitage Ave.). The corner of Armitage and Kedzie has been a bit of a question mark for the past two years, but new details have come to light, as reported by Chicago magazine. The original force behind Scofflaw — Danny Shapiro, Andy Gould and Kristofer Nagy — are spearheading this low-key spot, likening it to “going to your friend’s house for a barbecue.” The casual concept will flow into their beverage program, which will lean more heavily on beers and wine compared to the cocktail-centric menus at Scofflaw and Heavy Feather. Food offerings will similarly have a more laid-back approach with items such as wings, burgers, fries and nachos appearing on the menu. Mickey Neely, Scofflaw’s original chef, will return after spending time at Dusek’s and the Promontory. The Moonlighter is expected to open this fall, but keep an eye on their Facebook page for further updates.
Dill Pickle Food Co-op Opens New Location
After months of anticipation, Dill Pickle Co-op opened the doors to their new, expanded location at 2746 N. Milwaukee Ave. in early September. Patrons can still expect the same locally-sourced, sustainable products, as well as a new deli counter with sandwiches, hot food and a salad bar. Dill Pickle is a welcome addition to this part of Logan Square after Sunrise Fresh Market (2722 N. Milwaukee Ave.) shuttered suddenly last year. If you haven’t stopped by yet, join them on October 8 for a grand opening party with samples, deals, live music and prizes.
Lost Lake’s Kitchen Reopens
You no longer have to resort to nibbling on a dolphin-shaped banana if hunger strikes at Land and Sea Dept.’s Lost Lake. After a fire in March 2016 destroyed the beloved tiki bar’s adjoining restaurant, Lost Lake reopened its kitchen and restarted food service in August. As reported by DNAinfo, while Lost Lake did not resurrect the original restaurant, Thank You, the menu still relies on Asian flavors. Pete Coenen (Cherry Circle Room) and Fred Noinaj have created a menu that pairs well with Lost Lake’s tropical cocktails, drawing inspiration from Korean, Polynesian, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Guests can enjoy items like chicken wings, chilled blue crab and a gochujang pork rice bowl. View the menu here.
Lonesome Rose to Open in Former Ronny’s Space
Land and Sea Dept. lifted the lid on a years-long mystery when they released the name and details of the bar and restaurant set to open in the former Ronny’s space (2101 N. California Ave.). According to Eater Chicago, the hospitality group took over the old punk club in 2013, and after two years of construction unveiled Lonesome Rose at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival’s Pitchfork +PLUS section. It is described as having “a ‘borderlands’ concept focusing on the rich cultural histories of the regional states of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.” There is no confirmed opening date, but plans include a rooftop patio and cocktails from Paul McGee.
Possible Move For Jam Restaurant
Beloved Logan Square brunch spot, Jam, may be moving. As reported by DNAinfo, there is a “ninety percent chance” that Jam will vacate its current home at 3057 W. Logan Blvd. when its lease expires in October. Jam’s owner, Anthony Fiore, attributes a dispute with the current landlord, Jerry Suqi, as the cause for the move. Fiore claims that despite a history of paying Jam’s rent consistently on time, Suqi is raising the rent from $30 to $55 per square foot. And while Jam may relocate, Fiore confirms that its doors will remain open — just elsewhere. He is currently exploring spaces on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square as well as in Avondale, so no matter what, you won’t have to travel far for that famous malted custard French toast.
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery to Open Taproom
After founding Maplewood Brewery & Distillery in 2014, owners Ari Megalis and Adam Cieslak are unveiling their long-awaited tap room in November, the Maplewood Lounge (2727 N. Maplewood Ave.). According to Eater Chicago, the bar will feature fourteen taps to house Maplewood’s beers, whiskies and draft beer cocktails, and Megalis plans to install a dozen tables and thirteen stools at the bar. Maplewood’s four main beers are expected to be regularly available on tap: The Charlatan (American-style pale ale), Pulaski Pils, Juice Pants IPA and Fat Pug Oatmeal Stout. Matt Frederick, formerly of Ukrainian Village’s EZ Inn, will spearhead the cocktail menu, many of which will incorporate both Maplewood beers and spirits. Frederick already has a presence in Logan Square, having created the kegged drinks at Mi Tocaya Antojeria. In addition to drinks, Megalis is also working with a local catering company to serve food at the taproom. Keep an eye on Maplewood’s website and Facebook page for more details and an opening date.