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Ex-Maple & Ash Partner Eyeing Italian Pub With Music In River North

Bar Lupo could open by summer's end

Ex-Maple & Ash partner Brian O'Connor is opening an Italian pub in River North.
Ex-Maple & Ash partner Brian O'Connor is opening an Italian pub in River North.
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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.

After giving the Gold Coast a hip and expensive steakhouse in Maple & Ash, Brian O’Connor is eyeing River North and Italian food next. Over the spring, O’Connor quietly exited Maple & Ash—where he was managing partner—to focus on his own restaurant group. O’Connor’s not ready to share details, but the first of these projects is called Bar Lupo, a neighborhood Italian pub at an undisclosed location in River North.

Bar Lupo Logo

O’Connor filled an LLC using the restaurant’s name last year. It will feature "simple Italian classics in a vibrant atmosphere with great music and cocktails." Job openings for the new restaurant are popping up all over the Internet and O’Connor is looking for employees of all levels and experience for the launch. The adverts claim the restaurant will open by the end of the summer, which gives them about a month. O’Connor would only reveal that the project is underway.

An official announcement should come shortly, but for now, check out that logo of a wolf rowing a gondola.