The replacement restaurant for LP Stadium, the shuttered Lincoln Park sports bar, opens today with jerky smoked onsite, wood-fired flatbreads, and a whisky room. Drawl appears radically different compared to its predecessor at 2423 N. Clark Street. Ownership took down all the TVs that once littered the space and are focusing on life as more of a restaurant than bar compared to other spots along that stretch of Clark Street.
Justin Stadler is the chef and a partner in the restaurant. According to a news release, he’s worked at Regards to Edith in Fulton Market, White Oak Tavern in Lincoln Park, and The Southern in Bucktown. His menu includes smoked meats and whole fish. Management describes the food as New American with a southern touch.
GM Altette Valencia worked the same job for The Southern and Maple & Ash, the Gold Coast steakhouse. Coincidentally, Maple & Ash’s owners have taken over The Southern property and demolished the restaurant. They’re currently building a new restaurant, Etta. Valencia’s in charge of drinks and customers will find a beer list with brews from local and southern breweries.
Let’s discuss that whisky room. LP Stadium had private rooms in back of the bar for game watches — it was a good place to root against Duke University, as the bar — at one time — was the Chicago Blue Devils alumni drinking spot. Drawl has converted the 20-person space as a room for whisky tastings. There’s a small bar and lounge inside. It can be reserved, but it’s first come, first served and no food will be served inside.
Beyond the whisky, the space is brighter than LP Stadium. There’s exposed brick, white benches and chairs with light wooden tables. The front bar seats 16 and overall, the space has room for 120.
The restaurant won’t be at full operation for a few weeks, according to a spokesperson. They’ll eventually added weekend brunch and unveil the full menu for the whisky room at a later day. But for now, Drawl appears to be a unique addition to Lincoln Park. Check them out starting today.
Drawl, 2423 N. Clark Street, open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday; bar open until 2 a.m. on those same days; whisky room open 6 p.m. to midnight on Thursday through Saturday.