Liquor license OK'd for new Oak Park bar and restaurant

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Thirsty Oak Parkers will have a new watering hole soon, following a decision on Monday night.

Village trustees approved a liquor license this week, for an Oak Parker to operate a bar and restaurant at 1101 Lake, the former home of Cosi restaurant. Rachel Dennis is calling the new pub "Lake Street Kitchen + Bar," according to village documents.

The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night eats. The menu is described as "American-eclectic," with the kitchen operating until they close.

Dennis could not be reached for comment Monday, but village documents say she's a lifelong Oak Parker who spent several years working as a waitress, and has a legal background and worked as vice president of a national restaurant company.

Lake Street Kitchen Bar will seat as many as 80 people. They're planning to open in August.

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Jerry from Oak Park  

Posted: June 26th, 2011 9:53 PM

Looking forward to some great food choices at... Lake Street Kitchen Bar

Resident  

Posted: June 24th, 2011 10:39 PM

Is it true that Shaker was getting $5,000 / month for the rent at Lidos cafe?? Is it also true that the owners went to him to see if they could get some relief in the rent and he refused? 5K seems high. What is the average rent for a comparable space on Lake or Marion? I think the owners of Lidos were hood winked the day they signed their lease. Sorry times. I wonder what the rent was for the Cosi space?

Oak Parker abroad from Wellington New Zealand  

Posted: June 24th, 2011 3:12 PM

Such good news! The unique character of OP is best preserved when businesses are operated by lifelong locals.

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