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Hawaiian Rooftop Bar With Spam Meatballs Arriving In Wicker Park On Memorial Day

Milwaukee Avenue is going Polynesian

Daniel Gerzina
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Check those Spam filters on Memorial Day weekend, Wicker Park. That's when the owner of The Hampton Social (and formerly a co-owner of American Junkie) plans on opening his Hawaiian-themed restaurant, Mahalo, over on that lonely corner that Spanish cava bar Bom Bolla vacated.

Mahalo Spam meatball

Spam meatballs [Photo: Mahalo]

Chicago really needs more poke, judging by those lines over at Chicago's French Market and Aloha Poke. Mahalo will give the city more. Executive chef Carlos Dalisay is in charge of the kitchen. Born in Manilla, Dalisay grew up in Hawaii and first worked in a kitchen onboard a Hawaiian cruise shipDalisay —who also worked at David Burke's Primehouse, Union Sushi+Barbeque Bar, Tavernita and Mastro's Steakhouse— will serve poke, skewered yakitori, Spam sandwiches and Hawaiian barbecue. They'll also offer weekend brunch.

Mahalo Tako

Octopus poke [Photo: Mahalo]

While the building's previous tenant at 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave. never got a chance to make use of the 1,000-square-foot rooftop patio, Mahalo will, and they'll also utilize the second floor where a full-service "beach bar" stands. The first floor takes up 2,500 square feet. The decorations want to evoke a surf shack feel.

"Mahalo" is a means of thanks and gratitude. Memorial Day is Monday, May 30. Let's see if the neighborhood is appreciative of Brad Parker's new concept in a couple weeks.

Bom Bolla

1501 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 698-6601 Visit Website