LINCOLN PARK — Kuma's Too has razed the sterile remains left by a former tenant, splashed on some black paint and nailed enough heavy-metal posters to its walls to be ready to open next week.
The owners of Kuma's have done everything in their power to transform the interior left behind by The Counter when it closed in December, and will open to the public Wednesday.
"We gutted the place," said co-owner Ron Cain.
The much-anticipated opening of the metal-themed burger bar will feature the exact menu of the original Kuma's Corner in Avondale.
"Same menu. Same beer. Same whiskey on tap. Obviously a little different decor," Cain said. "We are trying to make it the same Kuma's culture as possible."
While some may question how the hard-core vibes will fit into Lincoln Park, they should keep in mind that the new Kuma's is at 666 W. Diversey Pkwy.
The owners even went as far as obtaining a phone number for the new joint that ends in 666.
"We did the best we could," Cain said while laughing, when asked about the phone number.
Kuma's Too's capacity will be about 90 people, a little more than double the capacity of the Avondale location, where lines consistently lead out the door and waits can last more than an hour.
"Obviously, we got a bigger kitchen and dinning room. The capacity is larger, but I'm still hoping we have lines," Cain said. "I think it's going to be pretty crazy."