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Makeover Of Former Two Way Lounge Corner Continues With Craft Cocktail Spot

By Mina Bloom | January 18, 2017 6:22am
 The team behind Deadbolt is opening a craft cocktail bar in the former nail salon on the other side of the bar at 2416 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The team behind Deadbolt is opening a craft cocktail bar in the former nail salon on the other side of the bar at 2416 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square is getting another craft cocktail bar.

The yet-to-be-named bar, which will replace a former nail salon at 2416 N. Milwaukee Ave., is the latest venture for the Furious Spoon team and mixologist Dustin Drankiewicz, the group that is rapidly taking over the corner of Fullerton and Milwaukee avenues.

Over the summer, Furious Spoon replaced 30-year-old Mexican restaurant El Charro, then the owners bought the neighboring dive bar Two Way Lounge and teamed up with Drankiewicz to open a new bar, Deadbolt, in its place. The same group is planning to open a cocktail bar in the nail salon on the other side of Deadbolt.

Drankiewicz, one of the mixologists behind Moneygun, is taking the lead on the nail salon project, which is in early stages. Crews have demolished the old interior and now Drankiewicz and his partners are working on a design plan for the bar, which they hope to nail down within the next few months.

Drankiewicz said to expect a full craft cocktail menu with creations he's been dreaming up for years while working in the industry. The vibe will be modeled after bowling alleys and bars in south Milwaukee, where Drankiewicz spent a lot of time with his dad growing up.

"I've been behind the bar for 12 years. I've gotten to work with some very inspiring people. I've gotten to dabble in these crazy craft cocktails. I want to take that and merge that with the establishments I grew up in," he said.

Drankiewicz and his partners acquired the nail salon at the same time as the Two Way, but have been focused on turning the Two Way into Deadbolt, which they are aiming to open in mid-February.

The owners have said they're committed to keeping the integrity of the notorious dive bar, which opened in 1967. Unlike the nail salon project, Deadbolt will not be a cocktail bar. Patrons can expect pitchers of Old Style, a revamped bandstand for live music acts and other upgrades.

Once Deadbolt is open, the team will shift its attention to the nail salon project, which will be the latest addition to Logan Square's booming cocktail bar scene.

More details, including the name of the bar, will be revealed in the coming months.

"I'm beyond stoked," Drankiewicz said.

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