The Moonlighter is turning one! To commemorate its first anniversary, The Moonlighter (3204 W. Armitage Ave.) will be celebrating with $1 tacos and $5 piña coladas on Dec. 6. You can join in on the festivities at 5 p.m.
The Moonlighter opened in December 2017 and was developed by Scofflaw Group, the team behind neighborhood favorites like Scofflaw (3201 W. Armitage Ave.) , Slippery Slope (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave.), and The Heavy Feather (2357 N. Milwaukee Ave.).
In a bid to fulfill Logan Square’s need for an easy going sports bar, Scofflaw Group built The Moonlighter. Andy Gould, a partner with Scofflaw Group and The Moonlighter, shared how the spot got going and looks back on the business’ success.
“Whenever we think about opening any new location, we try to add spots that are unique to the neighborhood,” Gould said. “When we decided to open The Moonlighter, we wanted a casual combination of patio, sports bar, burger and sour beers.”
But their vision extended beyond the classic sports bar—they wanted to create a place for the neighborhood as a whole, not just its sports fans.
“Today, we see old college buddies meeting up for the game, families grabbing lunch and puppies curled up on the patio with their owners,” Gould said.
Truly, it’s been a blast watching everyone enjoy the space so differently over the first year and we’re super excited to see how we’ll keep growing the neighborhood in year two.”Andy Gould, Scofflaw Group
While The Moonlighter is celebrating its one year anniversary, Logan Square has long been home to Scofflaw Group’s other ventures. It’s difficult to imagine the neighborhood’s nightlife scene without places like Scofflaw and Slippery Slope, and Gould has been thrilled to find a base in Logan Square. He said he loves it here.
“We moved here about ten years ago because of fun spots like The Whistler and Cole’s, as well as the strong community and affordability,” he said.
Gould reflected on the year it’s been for The Moonlighter.
“Truly, it’s been a blast watching everyone enjoy the space so differently over the first year and we’re super excited to see how we’ll keep growing the neighborhood in year two,” he said.
Can’t make it to Thursday’s party? Then come by The Moonlighter on Dec. 19 for this month’s LoganSquarist meetup! Our special holiday meetup will have an ugly sweater competition, a White Elephant basket for the winner to take home, a raffle to support a local charity and holiday-themed cocktails and drinks. Register here for the event and remember to wear that ugly sweater!
Photo credit: Erik Island