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Esam Hani’s New Logan Square Sports Bar To Open By January

Patrons can expect lots of TVs and a Tex-Mex menu at the new bar, called The Old Plank.

Esam Hani is opening a new bar in the former Parts & Labor spot at 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The sports bar coming to the former Parts & Labor spot is expected to open before the end of the year, according to a news release issued Friday.

Owner Esam Hani, who owns and operates six other establishments on the block, has named the bar The Old Plank as a nod to the street’s history. Back in the 1800s, Milwaukee Avenue was called Old Plank Road.

Described as a “modern take on a sports bar,” the bar at 2700 N. Milwaukee Ave. will be outfitted with an “abundance” of TVs for sports viewing and garage-style doors to let fresh air in during warm months, according to the release. An outdoor patio with a fire pit will be situated in back.

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Food-wise, the bar will be all about Tex-Mex — guacamole, chile con queso, tortas, tacos and a Texas Toast patty melt and grilled cheese are just some of the items patrons can expect, according to the release. A locally-brewed craft beer and cocktail list will round out the menu.

“The Old Plank will be that local neighborhood destination where you can grab some great food and drinks, while catching a sports game and listening to some live entertainment,” Hani said in the release.

The bar will also host DJ sets when there are no major sports games airing on TV. 

Once it opens, it’ll be Hani’s seventh establishment on the block. The prolific Logan Square-based operator already owns Café Con Leche, De Noche Mexicana, The Harding Tavern, Red Star Liquor, The Walk-In and Saba.

Follow The Old Plank on social media for updates.

Credit: Courtesy of One of a Kind Hospitality
Renderings of The Old Plank.

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