Well that was fast. Tommy Knuckles, the Hollywood-esque restaurant which opened less than nine months ago, will close after this weekend's Super Bowl. A new spot, Compass Bar, is already set to replace it sometime in February.
Compass Bar will serve food but appears to be placing more emphasis on the bar aspect. In particular beer, where 180 bottled selections (based on a compass having 180 degrees) will be stocked. The bar will also feature twenty tap handles, rotated seasonally, paying attention to the great collection of craft beer in Chicago.
Owners Ryan See and Patrick Wrona, who took control of Tommy Knuckles on November 11, tapped Clint Walt (Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar) to head up the kitchen. He'll highlight wood-fired pizzas such as prosciutto with confit garlic, fresh mozzarella and truffled arugula.
The Tommy Knuckles location, which will now also feature specialty cocktails and wine ($9 to $11 by the glass), is one block west of Diversey Harbor and features a 38-seat outdoor patio.
Opening hours will be Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a brunch menu Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. They will serve lunch at a later date.
· Compass [Official Site]
· All Tommy Knuckles Coverage [~ECHI~]