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Explore Merchant, Logan Square’s New Spot For Fried Rice Arancini and More

The replacement of Dunlay’s on the Square opens on Saturday

Merchant Chicago opens on Saturday in Logan Square.
Barry Brecheisen
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.

Note: A rep emailed and wrote that Merchant will open at 10 p.m. today to the general public for a preview.

Residents came to know Dunlay’s on the Square for 13 years as a dependable spot to gather right near the Logan Square monument. Dunlay’s closed in March to make way for new ownership, a group which feels the neighborhood needed a breath of fresh air. Merchant Chicago opens on Saturday at 3137 W. Logan Boulevard with a vibrant menu of unique items (including fried rice arancini) and the new owners hope they’ve created a new neighborhood mainstay.

Management is comprised of young and savvy restaurant industry veterans who have worked at some of the most popular restaurants in Chicago. They want a relaxed vibe that melds with the community. If customers want to watch sports, they can watch sports. If singles want a place to mingle, Merchant wants to be that place.

Take a tour of the new space below. Merchant opens at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Merchant Chicago, 3137 W. Logan Boulevard, open 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays; lunch form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily; late-night menu from 10 p.m. until closing nightly; open 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday; weekend brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The bar’s layout remains the same.
There’s a lounge space in front by the window.
The TVs will be tuned to World Cup matches this weekend.
Management is hopeful they can bring a burst of youthful energy into the space.
A creative way to use the divider in back.
More TVs along the west wall.
Enjoy the back sectional.
Eggplant meatballs with ricotta, red sauce, and charred bread.
Charred octo with miso bagna cauta and shaved fennel
Asparagus with bacon mushrooms, red kimchi and six-minute egg.
Bravas taco with fried potato, bravas Sauce, crema fresca and charred poblano and pastor taco with braised chicken, charred pineapple, and pickled red onion.
Whisky sour

Merchant Chicago

3137 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website