Before the Belmont and Clark intersection transformed into a prime location for condo development, it was an area where all sorts of “interesting” characters hung out, smoking heaters and comparing nose rings in the Dunkin’ Donuts parking lot (affectionately referred to as Punkin’ Donuts). We’ll miss the hardest-rocking Dunkin' in town, and make sure to visit The Alley when it moves to Avondale.
Perhaps no recent news has signified the changing of Wicker Park like the closing of Rodan, which shuttered in September after 12 years in the neighborhood. Offering reasonable drink specials, sleek décor, solid pan-Asian bar food, and non-mainstream music, Rodan was a neighborhood stalwart that somehow had managed to stay cool all these years. Oh well, even the Mona Lisa is falling apart.
Roxie’s by the Slice
One time we stopped into Roxie’s by the Slice later in the night, and the staff was rapping along to hardcore rap while serving up shots and slingin’ slices. Roxie’s had good vibes for miles, but at least Small Cheval has taken over the space, giving us some respite from the lines at Au Cheval.
Apparently obtaining a Michelin star two years in a row still doesn’t guarantee that a restaurant will stay open, which makes as much sense to us as dressing a dolphin in a tuxedo.
Not only did Tippling Hall offer a great brunch, but its adventurous drink menu offered kegged cocktails, interesting boilermakers, and one of the stiffest drinks in town. We can always get behind that.
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Raf is still mourning the closing of Cal's 400 Liquors. Go an a ride with him through secret Chicago spots: @GodspeedChicago.