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A Dive Bar Converted Into A Cocktail Bar, Duck, Duck Goat Opening And More Restaurant News

By Melissa McEwen in Food on Aug 3, 2015 12:45PM

Dr. Jacoby cocktail at Crown Liquors: El Dorado 12 Year Rum, Flor De Cana 4 Rum, Luxardo Maraschino, Falernum, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Tiki Bitters (You Me Us Now)

Crown Liquors (2821 N. Milwaukee Ave.) joins Best Intentions as the latest dive bar converted into a cocktail and craft beer destination. The former packaged-goods store's new taproom offers 24 rotating taps of beer and a cocktail menu by Kelly Galassi of Rocking Horse. Check out the menu below:

Crown Liquors Menus

Also open is Wyler Road (3581 W. Belden Ave.), a specialty sandwich shop at from Chef de Cuisine Shay Linkus (Vanguard, Odd Duck) and Executive Chef Forster Sorensen (Au Cheval, Green Street Smoked Meats). Sandwiches include grilled cheese made with beer cheese, caramelized onion and tomato and a mushroom etoufee melt with seasonal mushrooms, provolone and paprika. They also offer cocktails and homemade shakes to slake your thirst.

Wyler Road Menus

If you like to travel and dine out, you might be familiar with Coi, a Michelin-starred world-renowned restaurant. Chicagoan Matthew Kirkley, last at L20, has been named executive chef there as Daniel Patterson steps back to focus on his family (HT Eater).

Michael Dean Reynolds of Leopold and Bread & Wine had been working at The Brass Monkey for awhile and now has taken over as Executive Chef as Ryan Wombacher has moved on to opening The Hampton Social. The Brass Monkey's menu was one of the longest I'd ever seen outside of a dim sum restaurant, so it's nice to see he's slimmed it down—check it out at Eater.

DNAinfo reports that Stephanie Izard's new project Duck, Duck Goat will open in November. The restaurant will serve food inspired by her travels in China.