Park Tavern opens Nov. 30 near United Center

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November 27, 2012|By Samantha Nelson | For RedEye

After successfully building up a following in Rosemont, Park Tavern is moving into Chicago, opening a location near the United Center at 1645 W. Jackson St. on Nov. 30.

“It’s an area that can use really good food,” said chief operating officer Marc Wuenschel. The food selections will be identical to those found at Park Tavern's locations in Rosemont and Dallas.

Favorites there have included the house-smoked PBR can chicken and animal tots, tater tots loaded with pulled pork, cheese curds, fried egg and gravy.

The drink menu focuses on craft beers, with 40 on tap. More than half of those are from local breweries such as Two Brothers, Metropolitan and Revolution. Don't want to wait for a refill? Some of the tables are equipped with their own taps -- similar to Bull & Bear and Public House -- so you can keep pouring and just pay by volume at the end of the night.

Sports fans can take advantage of the more than two dozen TVs and a free shuttle to United Center to see the Bulls play. The bar also plans to bring in DJs at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday to spin Top 40 tunes. Three private dining areas accommodate 25 to 225 people. 

Even though Park Tavern has yet to open, plans for expansion are already in the works. A 3,000-square foot enclosed beer garden, complete with its own bar, is expected to open this spring, and the chain is looking into adding locations in Wrigleyville and Hyde Park next year.

Restaurants-America, the team behind Park Tavern and the Loop's Primebar and One North Kitchen and Bar, is also working on a new concept for River North. Central Standard, which will offer dishes and cocktails from across the time zone ranging from Canadian poutine to New Orleans sazeracs, is expected to open at 169 W. Kinzie St. in early 2013.

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