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Recently Lauded By New York Times, Sink|Swim To Close For Overhaul

By Mina Bloom | June 26, 2017 2:16pm
 Sink|Swim, 3213 W. Armitage Ave.
Sink|Swim, 3213 W. Armitage Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Get those oysters and and fishbowl cocktails while you still can.

Sink|Swim, a cozy seafood spot that helped define a couple-block stretch of Armitage Avenue as a hot new dining destination, is closing for yet another overhaul.

The owners, who also run the wildly popular cocktail bar Scofflaw, are planning to close the restaurant Sunday to begin work — the second such reinvention in about seven months.

In November, the owners decided to take the restaurant, 3213 W. Armitage Ave., in a more casual direction, trading high-end dishes for cocktail fishbowls and seafood-shack grub, Chicago Magazine reported.

Details on the new plans are scarce, including how long the restaurant will be closed. But the spokeswoman said to expect more information to be released in the coming months.

The news, which was first reported by the food blog Eater, came out just two days after The New York Times named Sink|Swim one of "Five Places to Go in Chicago."

The list also includes Best Intentions, Giant, GO Tavern & Liquors and Damn Fine Coffee Bar — all on Armitage Avenue. It wasn't well received by some folks on social media, who criticized the author for only highlighting the trendy Logan Square stretch under such a broad headline.

The Scofflaw group opened Sink|Swim in March 2015. For more than a year, it has been at work transforming an old currency exchange into a mystery bar with an outdoor beer garden on the same block.