Danny Duberstein L.A. Kewl Shapiro

  • Dan Segar
  • Danny Duberstein “LA Kewl” Shapiro

More good news on the Logan Square cocktail front. Last night Streetside Cafe closed its doors for a major retooling under new ownership. In late December, Whistler vet Danny Shapiro, along with Kris Nagy (Simone’s), Andy Gould, and Mandy Tandy (ex-Boiler Room and Bonny’s), purchased the bar from Michael Noone (Francesca’s, Simone’s, Danny’s Tavern) and company. They’ve been gearing up ever since.

Due to reopen in late February or early March as Scofflaw—named for the term coined in a 1923 contest held by the Boston Herald for flouters of Prohibition law—it will be a gin-focused cocktail bar, with small plates and American craft beers on tap, nothing exceeding $8. Shapiro vows that it will be “unpretentious,” with different types of ice, in-house ingredients, and “no unsolicited lectures.”