A bustling strip of restaurants in south Oak Park is about to get a little more … bustling.

Oak Park resident Kristin Graham plans to open a new bar and restaurant at 800 S. Oak Park Ave., on a block that already includes a Mexican restaurant, sushi parlor and ale house.

Graham is partnering with a co-worker from the Oprah Winfrey Show to open Kinderhook Tap, a small eatery that will take over the space once occupied by Nola’s Cup. The small coffee shop at the southeast corner of Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren closed in June after four years in business.

Graham, a nine-year Oak Park resident, lives nearby and was saddened when Nola’s closed. She’s making her first foray into the restaurant business to try and fill the void left when the business closed.

Kinderhook will have a bar and a full liquor license. The menu is still in the works, but Graham says they plan to offer “comfort food.” The restaurant will seat about 50 people and initially only be open for dinner.

Kinderhook is loosely translated to mean “small corner” in Dutch, according to Graham. She hopes to open for business in June.

“We are so excited,” Graham said. “I’m tired of walking around Oak Park and seeing these empty spaces. I want to get the community going again because this recession has hit Oak Park hard.”

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