PORTAGE PARK — A new bar is set to bring life back to a Six Corners storefront that’s sat empty since late 2019.
Irish sports pub Gracie O’Malley’s is set to open noon Friday at 4058 N. Milwaukee Ave. The staff has spent months prepping the space, general manager Brad Goldstein said. The space had been empty since another bar, Fischman Public House, was evicted in 2019.
“We are looking to engage with the public and be a local neighborhood bar,” Goldstein said. “We know this neighborhood has been itching for something to come” in this location.
Goldstein said the bar will have a wide selection of craft beers on 24 tap lines — 22 draft and two nitro lines — all kept from Fischman’s. The bar will also have 16 televisions for sports, three dart boards, Golden Tee and other video games.
The Six Corners location is the third spot for the small Irish pub chain owned by Dana Ronk. The first Gracie O’Malley’s opened in April 2019 at 6334 N. Clark St. in Edgewater and the second location opened in September 2019 at 1635 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.
The Gracie O’Malley’s bars, which are named after famed Irish noblewoman Grace O’Malley, are known for their sports bar vibes, dart leagues and themed events, as well as full kitchens. The menu includes battered fired chicken strips, shepherd’s pie, meat and veggie burgers, salads, jalapeño bites and a selection of craft beers.
Goldstein said a dart league at the Six Corners location will commence in the fall.
Unlike its sister bars, the Six Corners space will offer a separate room for parties and events that people can rent. The bar will also have a patio.
Assistant manager Dave Aitken said the team has a combined 50 years of managing experience and wants to extend that to the neighborhood. He hopes Gracie’s will have a fun atmosphere and a relationship with the community.
“We want to get to know the neighborhood and everyone’s names,” Aitken said.
The horseshoe bar is next to the Six Corners Chamber of Commerce. Michael Giordano, operations manager at the chamber, said the neighborhood organization is excited for what the bar will bring to the area.
“From our first meeting with Dana, his genuine enthusiasm to be part of the Six Corners Business District has been contagious,” Giordano said in a message to Block Club. “We look forward to working with Gracie O’ Malley’s on future events and promotions.”
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