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Inside Avondale’s New Oasis For Kebabs, Craft Beer and D&D

DönerMen’s DMen Tap opens on Wednesday

The DönerMen are close to opening a restaurant.
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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.

Now that Christkindlmarket has wrapped up at Daley Plaza, the DönerMen—an annual vendor at the holiday festival—is ready to open up their new cozy Avondale restaurant. DMen Tap will open on Wednesday inside the former Square Bar & Grill, offering an extensive selection of craft beer coupled with DönerMen’s Euro-style döner kebabs, rice bowls and salads, plus new items that they’ll eventually add.

The DönerMen food truck is one of the city’s more popular places for meals on wheels. That’s why there’s continuity inside the restaurant, featuring the same art that adorns their truck. The pick-up window in back simulates the food truck experience. Customers will eye the menu on the wall, bark out their orders, retreat to their seats and then pick up their food. But unlike the food truck, customers will have the benefit of waiting with a tasty beer from brewers including Three Floyds Brewing Co., Forbidden Root and more. While walking through, don’t stumble over a 12-sided die and miss the Dungeons & Dragons paraphernalia.

For now, the menu will mimic the food truck, but having a full kitchen means that down the line they’ll add new items including house-made sausages. It’s not all about booze, as they’re also working on a unique coffee program featuring Metric Coffee.

The tap is right across the street from burger haven Kuma’s Corner. This provides the potential for a convenient, boozy and beefy bang-bang, the kind of activity that comedian Louie C.K. would partake. Ponder that while checking out the photos below. DMen Tap opens on Wednesday.

DMen Tap, 2849 W. Belmont Ave., (773) 961-8757, open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday.

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