When The Warbler debuts on Tuesday, it will be the third restaurant/bar to open in the same Lincoln Square space in the last decade. But unlike the last two endeavors which shared the same ownership, the new entry is backed by the crew behind Gather, the neighboring popular restaurant that opened in 2012. Ken Carter — a chef who’s worked at Charlie Trotter’s — and business partner David Breo are determined to restore the luster at the former Bad Dog Tavern/Mash space at 4535 N. Lincoln Avenue by giving the neighborhood another restaurant that locals can brag about.
The new ownership have gutted the space, allowing more light to pass through. This transforms the insides of the former sports bar. Customers will be more prone to actually want to stay around and enjoy a full meal. The decor’s been upgraded and it feels more chic.
The space’s 100-seat patio is one of The Warbler’s biggest assets. When that partially-covered space opens later this year, one of the neighborhood’s most-popular places to drink outdoors will be back in action. By adding Carter’s culinary muscle, it won’t be just for drinks. Lincoln Square will have a bright new al fresco experience.
Check out the photos below. The Warbler opens on Tuesday.