It’s been two months since Pork Shoppe closed in Andersonville and it looks like there’s a new operator perched to take over the space. The owners of Fat Cat in Uptown and Five Star in West Town are named on a liquor license application for the address at 5721 N. Clark Street. However, there is no name for the replacement restaurant or bar — only a generic LLC using the space’s address.
Howard Natinsky and Cynthia Oldham are industry veterans involved in bars including Southport Lanes in Lakeview, Angels and Kings in River North (that was the bar co-run with Pete Wentz of rock band Fall Out Boy), and Silver Cloud in Bucktown. Oldham’s no longer involved with Silver Cloud, which has been vacant since 2014. Oldham co-owned that bar with Rivak “Rocky” Albazi. Albazi, who also owns Sheffield’s in Lakeview, retains control of the Silver Cloud space at 1700 N. Damen Avenue. He’s not quite ready to publicly share what he’s got planned for the future of the space.
Going back to Andersonville, the Pork Shoppe space features a large patio, and the ownership would be wise to take advantage of any warm temps in Chicago. Whenever that comes. So as the liquor license application process has started, an announcement and opening should soon happen. Stay tuned for any new developments.