The revamping of the former Beckett's Public House space is almost complete, bringing an international-themed bar and restaurant to the Lincoln/Ashland/Belmont intersection by the end of the week. The Dog's Bollox, a globally inspired pub, is fronted by the same owners, Munster Taverns, who also own Wilde and Lady Gregory's. Patrick Eberle (Sheffield's) and executive chef Henry Pariser have spearheaded the change and new concept.
The pub is hoping to draw a more upscale crowd, adding more flair by changing over from the Irish pub concept. They'll feature 28 craft beers on tap and a mix of craft and classic cocktails. Small plates inspired by international street food like samosas, Puerto Rican empanadas, deviled eggs with Thai chili oil, and curried chips are on the eclectic "munch" and late-night menus. Socca nicoise and house-ground short rib burger with housemade ketchup will also be served.
The interior features work by local artist Justin Pauly, which gives the space a modern and minimalist feel. DJ's will spin intermittently, including at ongoing grand opening and St. Patrick's Day festivities this weekend.
The area blurs the line between Lakeview and Roscoe Village, so The Dog's Bollox seems to be banking on a younger, affluent, educated crowd. Whether the pub can attract and hold that audience remains to be seen.
· The Dog's Bollox [Facebook]