The owners and staff at Carriage House felt their Division Street restaurant needed a jolt to better attract guests along a strip of Wicker Park's that's seen its share of changes. Check those changes out at 3 p.m. today when Buck's opens after a month-long slumber when it cycled through two names. But it's just not about a new moniker, as ownership spent "six figures" in revamping the space. Menu changes also abound, including a new focus on biscuits and fried chicken recipes from executive chef Mike Galen, as well as whiskey. Check out the menu here.
Ownership saw the former iteration as too buttoned up, so they've transformed the front room into more of a lounge with plush seating ideal for groups. Fewer tables means more bucks have more room to roam, and there's now stools by the front window with a ledge where guests can place their drinks or grab a bite. The furnishings have been updated but retaining southern charm, plus there's pineapple-adorned wallpaper to the left of the bar.
What is a Buck? It refers to a southern gentleman, not the basketball team in Milwaukee, though the team and the restaurant's facade do share the same green and white colors. Will Buck's be busier than Carriage House? Check out the photos above and stop in starting tonight to see for yourself.
Buck's, 1700 W. Division St., (773) 384-9700, Open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday.