WICKER PARK — A West Loop-based pizza bar is expanding to Division Street and taking over a large, one-story eatery long home to Moonshine, which closed in November.
The building's owner, Josh Rutherford, confirmed Monday that Parlor Pizza Bar has signed a lease to rent 1824 W. Division St.
Parlor Pizza Bar uses an imported Italian wood-fired oven to make its pies, several featuring unique ingredients such as Dijon bechamel, spicy pineapple with coconut cheese, sunflower seed basil pesto, and duck confit.
The pizza spot's West Loop location also features an extensive bar, including craft beers, draft cocktails and punch bowls.
The new Wicker Park location is in the center of a busy strip packed with retail shops, bars and restaurants, including the neighboring Taus Authentic, which opened last month.
Across the way, a new 36-unit apartment building with ground-level retail is underway at 1811-25 W. Division St.
"I think it is a great fit for the neighborhood," Rutherford said of Parlor Pizza Bar, describing
their West Loop restaurant, which opened in September at 108 N. Green St., as "comfortable and beautifully designed."
The interior of the Parlor Pizza Bar, 108 N. Green St. Photo by Neil Burger
Rutherford is a partner in 4-Star Restaurant Group, which owns Smoke Daddy, a popular local spot for barbecue.
For folks who were hoping for a Smoke Daddy or a similar restaurant, such as Crosby's Kitchen, 3455 N. Southport Ave., to replace Moonshine, Rutherford said his group is busy working on other new ventures.
"We have two projects going on Downtown," he said, citing Remington's at 20 N. Michigan Ave. and the Windsor at 160 E. Huron St.
"Both are massive projects, plus we are building a restaurant that will be a new concept but connected to Crosby's Kitchen," Rutherford said.
Reached by phone, Parlor Pizza Bar's owner Michael Bisbee, beyond confirming the Wicker Park restaurant, declined to discuss the new outpost.
Bisbee's firm, LGN Group also owns Stout Barrel House, 642 N. Clark St., and Cedar Hotel, 1112 N. State St.
Contributing: Stephanie Lulay.
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