It's finally almost here. After word surfaced five years ago about a second metal-themed burger paradise Kuma's Corner, owner Michael Cain and his team have taken over the space formerly occupied by the now-shuttered The Counter on 666 W. Diversey. The Counter closed over the weekend, Caine applied for his liquor license Monday, and he hopes to open by March. The new space is larger (especially the kitchen, which is much larger than Kuma's 6 x 16 footer, hopefully leading to shorter lines and quicker burgers), brighter, and with a more central location.
The space holds 73 seats and will feature exactly the same menu. Caine calls it "a modern version of the original Kuma's." He says it just needs painting and redecorating, the liquor license is the only hold-up.
Any metalhead will fall in love with the 666 address, a perfect fit for Kuma's head-banging theme. "I saw the address and knew it was meant to be," Cain says.
And what about the Lincoln Park clientele? "We sell the best burgers in Chicago, we'll be fine," he says. It's hard to doubt him.