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GoFundMe Trying to Save Carol’s Pub, Publican Wicker Park Beverage Preview, More Intel

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Can Carol’s Pub still be saved?

—Hopes are slim that beloved honky tonk dive bar Carol’s Pub may still be saved, but at least there is a hope at all. Following last week’s news that the longtime late-night country bar is "closed indefinitely" following a revoked liquor license and tax debt, a GoFundMe campaign has risen in an attempt to deal with the money issues and revive Carol’s. The fundraiser is seeking $55,000 and it has only raised $420 in two days at press time, however.

—Wicker Parkers are getting closer to getting their Publican, as the Tribune reports on Publican Anker’s beverage program in advance of a projected opening date later this fall. A trio of One Off Hospitality staff stalwarts are coming together to mastermind the drinks, with Adam Vavrick handling the beer, Bret Heiar (Nico Osteria) the wine, and Eden Laurin (The Violet Hour) the cocktails. Expect many affordable small-market wines for $7-8 by the glass plus German, Belgian, craft, "crushable," and collaboration beers at the bar-focused spinoff of the Fulton Market superstar.

—It appears to be the end of the line for Avondale’s Square Bar & Grill. Eyewitnesses, Google, Yelp and Everyblock report it closed, with a user writing that its last day was Sept. 28. Its Facebook page and website are still up but neither has been updated for more than a year. The bar and grill opened in 2009.

Knife, the forthcoming Lincoln Square steakhouse from the folks behind Fork with the not-so-unique name, has a new opening date. Expect it to open to the public on Oct. 18 — for real this team — after a delay pushed it back from Sept. 28. Check out more on its menu here.

—And finally, while there’s still no major update on Elske, the highly-anticipated new restaurant from former Blackbird chef David Posey and former Publican pastry chef Anna Posey, you will be able to preview their Nordic-inspired food in a little more than two weeks. Boka is hosting the husband-and-wife chef couple on Oct. 19, the Tribune reports, for an eight-course, $125 preview. Call the restaurant to try to snag one of the 16 seats.


1729 North Halsted Street, , IL 60614 (312) 337-6070 Visit Website

Carol's Pub

4659 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 754-8000 Visit Website

Square Bar & Grill

2849 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 267-0123 Visit Website