LOGAN SQUARE — As temperatures climb, the bar and restaurant options for Logan Square residents continue to expand.
After much anticipation, Parson's Chicken & Fish, 2952 W. Armitage Ave., opened Wednesday afternoon complete with a whole lot of chicken, fish, fancy booze and a big back patio filled with picnic tables.
Owner Peter Toalson, one of the minds behind Longman & Eagle, said last month they were aiming for a May 1 opening, but that April's bad weather set them back.
Meanwhile, the Real Tenochtitlan Restaurant, a neighborhood mainstay known for its mole sauce dishes, has been replaced by Polanco, which bills itself as a "Classic Latino Steakhouse."
Real Tenochtitlan closed earlier this year. Polanco celebrated its grand opening last week.
"We've taken what downtown would give you in steaks and chops and brought it to Logan and just gave it a little flair," said manager Claudio Aceves.
He said veteran chefs and brothers, Cesar and Roberto Reyes, will be serving up dishes from across the Latin world, as well as some exotic cocktails with special touches, such as Poblano-infused simple syrup.
"We've done things that the Spanish community will enjoy, and that all the community will enjoy," he said.
As for bars, owners of the popular Innjoy in the Ukrainian Village on Division Street have announced that they will open a new bar on Milwaukee Avenue near the Congress Theater in the space formerly occupied by the short-lived burger and hot dog spot, Daddy Cools, 2201 N. Milwaukee Ave.
According to Innjoy management, the new bar's working name is the Madison Public House and will likely be somewhat similar to Innjoy in terms of menu and ambience, but further details have yet to be worked out.
Finally, Boiler Room owner Russ Grant is working on two new Logan Square projects, including a burger joint near the square.
"It's a similar concept to the Boiler Room," said Boiler Room manager Danny Sawyer. "The burgers are designed to be really delicious like our pizza but affordable enough to throw in with a shot in the bar."
Sawyer said Grant also intends to open a music venue at 2354 N. Milwaukee Ave. to perhaps rival the Metro and the like.
Details are still sparse, but Sawyer said the venue will start out hosting private parties, such as the Jameson Bartenders Ball in early July, and then open to the public some time later in the summer.