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Southport Corridor Gets New Place To Meat as The Butcher's Tap replaces Wheel House

New Last Call Tavern Group bar/restaurant already open, offering 80 draft beers and six wines on tap.

The Butcher's Tap is open on Southport.
The Butcher's Tap is open on Southport.
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A permanent sign isn't up yet, but Last Call Tavern Group has taken over the former Wheel House space, two blocks from Wrigley Field.

The new bar is now open and called The Butcher's Tap, a nod to the butcher shop that opened in 1932 at the same location at 3553 N. Southport Ave. Ownership said they've completed 95 percent of the interior renovation which is expected to be complete in early December. Workers gutted the Wheel House space, which opened in 2012 after replacing Messner's Bar and Grill. Ownership lauded changes including rolling glass garage door windows and a new audio and video system and 25 televisions.

The Butcher's Tap seats about 200 and serves 60 beers on tap on the first floor and another 20 on tap on the second-floor bar, in addition to 40 beers in bottles and cans. There's also six wine taps. Take a look at the drink menu:

Food wise, Last Call hired Chef Todd Davies as a consultant, and he designed the menu where most items cost less than $12. Here's the food menu:

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The Butcher's Tap

3553 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 325-0123