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Pool Hall And Dessert Bar Could Be Coming To Old Saki Records Storefront In Logan Square

The new spot would "take on the role of an after-dinner spot" to complement all of the neighborhood's restaurants, co-owner Wahib Merchant said.

Owners of Surge Coffee Bar & Billiards are looking to open a pool hall in the former Saki Records storefront at 3716 W. Fullerton Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — The husband-and-wife team behind Surge Coffee Bar & Billiards is looking to open a third location in Logan Square.

Unlike their existing locations, the new spot, planned for the former Saki record shop at 3716 W. Fullerton Ave., would feature a dessert bar rather than a coffee bar.

Exactly what kinds of desserts would be served is still being worked out. More broadly, co-owner Wahib Merchant said him and his wife, Kareeshma Ali, are aiming to complement all of the existing restaurants and coffee shops in the neighborhood.

“We would take on the role of an after-dinner spot,” Merchant said.

The couple needs a public place of amusement license from the city and approval from new Ald. Felix Cardona Jr. (31st) to open. A community meeting is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Grace Parish School, 2446 N. Ridgeway Ave.

If everything goes according to plan, the new spot will feature up to a dozen pool tables and a bar in back, serving cocktails and coffee.

Patrons should expect a pool hall with a bar — not a bar with pool tables.

“We have a bar as a complement to the pool hall,” said Merchant, a Rogers Park native who grew up in pool halls. “The pool and the socializing come first.”

The pair operate two existing locations — one in Albany Park and another in Edgewater. The Albany Park location, the original Surge Coffee Bar & Billiards, opened in late 2017. The Edgewater location, called Pressure Billiards & Cafe, opened more than a decade ago.

Merchant said they were drawn to Logan Square for its diversity and strong local schools, church groups and neighborhood block clubs — institutions they plan on supporting through events and other functions.

“We definitely try to be a part of the neighborhood. That’s one of our main goals,” Merchant said.

If Surge opens, it’ll be the latest new business to open along Fullerton Avenue in West Logan Square. The Little Pickle sandwich shop and bar Park & Field are recent additions.

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