[Photos: Marc Much]
With a lengthy delay finally behind him, Cafe Con Leche owner Esam Hani has revealed his secret bar in short order. The Harding Tavern took advantage of yesterday's beautiful weather by soft opening last night in Logan Square.
The space is small and sophisticated, lined with a long mahogany bar and tables overlooking Milwaukee Avenue through streetside windows. Vintage photos of the Harding Theater decorate the walls of a rear dining area before a doorway leads to a final eight-top table in front of an open kitchen.
The preliminary menu offers no-frills bar food, such as three types of wings, a burger, steak frites, and pork belly skewers. A large selection of craft beer and five specialty cocktails encompass the booze selection. The grand opening is set for Thursday.