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Gage Owner Shines Light on New Downtown Seafood Spot Beacon Tavern

Billy Lawless' new restaurant should open in April in River North.

Future site of Beacon Tavern
Future site of Beacon Tavern
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Billy Lawless (The Gage, Acanto) has a new seafood-centric restaurant planned for that former McDonald's space in River North. Named Beacon Tavern, it should open in April, reports Chicago magazine, with Lawless joining executive chef Bob Broskey (L2O, Intro) and chef/partner Chris Gawronski.

Entrees will cost an average of $25, with dishes such as honey-brown mussels and a spicy-fried redfish sandwich. The restaurant will be the latest seafood spot downtown, joining other openings over the past few years including C Chicago, Joe Fish (now Joe Fish Italian), Kinmont, Brown Bag Seafood Co., Cold Storage, and others spread around the city. Beacon Tavern is also one of two new Lawless projects, joining the unnamed spot on SouthportStay tuned for more this spring when Beacon Tavern shines at 405 N. Wabash Ave at The River Plaza.

UPDATE: Former The Gage and The Dawson beverage director Clint Rogers and his Dogma Group, who masterminded the cocktails at Presidio and Bordel, will be handling the beverage program at Beacon Tavern, Lawless and Rogers confirm. Expect top-notch drinks.