NOTE: Management has changed the opening date to Friday due to an unforeseen personal matter. The full, previous story follows.
Tricycle, the neighborhood tavern replacing Silver Cloud Bar & Grill in Bucktown, opens on Thursday. Fans have waited four years for a new bar and there’s tons of anticipation. Owner Rivak “Rocky” Albazi has renovated his corner space with plenty of nostalgic winks at 1700 N. Damen Avenue.
Tricycle chef Clint Walt has worked at Frasca Pizzeria and Wine Bar in Lakeview and Compass Bar in Lakeview. He’s upgraded the food with a new menu. While the chicken pot pie may have appeared on Silver Cloud’s menu, Tricycle’s version will use fresh ingredients and a new recipe. Albazi’s Lakeview bar, Sheffield’s, is known for its deep domestic beer selection. Tricycle will also feature hard-to-find beers, but they’ll also bring in some foreign beer. Wine drinkers will also find rare pours.
It’s recognizable, yet fresh. They’ve restored the tin ceiling and modernized the kitchen. Artists Joe Pellegrini and James C. Smith provide interior pieces and there’s a pop art mural outside along Wabansia. Customers can also spot a few vintage tricycles throughout.
Pedal through the space below. Tricycle opens on Thursday.