LAKEVIEW — Tango Sur owner Sergio DiSapio is moving forward on a new bar concept at 3938 N. Ashland Ave. that is set to open by the end of the summer, he said.
DiSapio bought the mixed-use building last fall after persuading 47th Ward residents his new bar would not be a repeat of the troubled Centro down the street, a club that neighbors complained was noisy and disruptive. The liquor license moratorium on Ashland between Irving Park and Grace was lifted, and DiSapio bought the building.
The new concept, which is yet to be named, will serve rustic Argentinian small plates and will feature a big open bar and a grill, DiSapio said. He said it will be different from his other places: Tango Sur on Southport, Ñ, his bar in Avondale, or Folklore, the restaurant in Wicker Park — not exactly a restaurant, but not a full-on bar, either.
Just a dark, nice place with Argentinian food, he said. He's still working out the details.
DiSapio's new place is one of many developments planned for the area. A new Italian restaurant by the owners of Zia's Trattoria will be opening at 3819 N. Ashland Ave. The corner building with the long-vacant Mattress Discount store at 3956 N. Ashland Ave. has a renovation planned. The Piggery restaurant is reopening soon and, farther south, Target will be taking over 3201 N. Ashland Ave.
But DiSapio bought the building for more personal reasons. He's lived in the area since he was a child and wanted to grab the opportunity to buy another space in the neighborhood.
"I thought it would be cool," he said.