I have mixed feelings about the explosion of restaurants in Lincoln Square over the last few years, which has resulted in decent and varied options, but probably many more mediocre or just plain lousy ones–to say nothing of all the utter failures. Just taking an amble down Montrose Avenue, marking the continuing rash of restaurant and bar buildouts, is to imagine the neighborhood as a weird magnetic attractor for reckless gamblers. 

I’ve been wondering what’s been going on in the large space at 2434-2436 W. Montrose for months. It’s been throughly retrofitted with a forest’s worth of dark stained flooring, bars, and fixtures, but work progressed in fits and starts over the summer. Finally, two weeks ago, someone posted a liquor license application for the endeavor, dubbed O’splaines (O’Hare + Desplaines?). The place is beautiful inside, but I hear tell it’s going to be a sports bar, raising the already inflated number of flat-screen TVs in the neighborhood to environmentally dangerous levels.

Continuing east to the cursed intersection of Lincoln, Leavitt, and Montrose, the Tiny Lounge, which was chased out of its space under the Brown Line Addison stop, has found a new home where Charlie’s on Leavitt tanked. According to the flier in the window, the liquor license was applied for in early August.

Just across the street, where Block 44 died (after Aqualina crashed), a violent exorcism is under way. It’s going to be a new Julius Meinl.  

Finally, at 2030 W. Montrose, Mythos Greek Taverna, a new BYOB, is announcing its impending arrival and advertising for unspecified part-time help between 3 and 6 PM, Monday through Saturday, perhaps for chief assistant saganaki prep.