The corner of Milwaukee and Honore will once more hum tonight as casual Polynesian restaurant and bar Mahalo opens. A few elements, such as the first-floor bar, carry over from the previous tenant, Bom Bolla, but there's a brighter color scheme with windows that swing out and attempt to create an open-air island environment.
Brad Parker (Hampton Social, American Junkie) and his team have taken advantage of the upstairs space, creating a rare Wicker Park rooftop lounge joining the ranks of Whiskey Business, Taxim and Chop Shop. There's also a second-floor dining area.
Originally the opening was scheduled for Tuesday, but the date was pushed back. Look at the photos of the restaurant below.
Mahalo, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., (708) 328-3091, open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Wednesday; 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Closed on Monday.