Here's a cure for this episode of "The Mondays": Paul McGee's latest tiki bar, Lost Lake, opens on Tuesday.
Tonight the Logan Square space will host friends and family. They'll be ready for the general public tomorrow at 4 p.m. Here's a rundown of the project that will include a rum program from tiki pioneer Martin Cate, purveyor of San Francisco's Smuggler's Cove.
It's been quite a whirlwind for McGee, the creative mixologist who put The Whistler on the map. In November, he left Lettuce Entertain You group's Three Dots and a Dash. Lost Lake is under the direction of Land & Sea Dept., whose best-known restaurant is Logan Square hotspot Longman & Eagle. McGee should thrive under the more indie vibe that Land & Sea provides and have more control of what goes on in his return to Logan Square.
Management is promising a more relaxed vibe compared to the River North nightlife at Three Dots. Many of Three Dots' staff, including bartender/server Erin Hayes, followed McGee to Logan Square.
Land & Sea is also opening up Thank You, a Chinese-American restaurant run by chef Gabriel Freeman (Ruxbin, Mott Street). Lost Lake patrons will be able to nosh on Thank You's food while sipping their tiki cocktails.
Stay tuned for more details on the menu and have a pleasant Monday.