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Andersonville has restaurants whose cuisines range from Italian to Korean to Middle Eastern; could an Irish-themed place be joining them? We may soon see.

According to a report from Crain's Chicago Business, the owners of Lakeview's Wilde Bar & Restaurant are planning to set up shop a few miles north of the place named in honor of the great Irish poet/playwright, across from the Swedish Museum, and Reza's and Andie's.

Crain's says "a venture co-owned by Martin Cournane and Denis Paul Sheahan filed for zoning approval for a roughly 9,000-square-foot restaurant and bar at 5252-5260 N. Clark St." The spot had previously been an auto parts store. "The building's second-floor tenant, Joel Hall's dance studio, vacated its 11,000-square-foot space in February."

The duo's new venture will not be far from Uptown's Wild Pug, which, until it opened earlier this year had been dubbed the Wilde Pug, until representatives of Lakeview's Wilde Bar requested that they drop that "e" lest two bars in the same city with Wilde in their name confuse anyone. (Oh, we all remember the mass confusion a few years back when all those nightclubbers, pacifiers hanging from their necks, glo-sticks in hand, lined up outside the Far South Side's Crowbar lounge...) By the way, speaking of the Wildes, if you are ever in Minneapolis, treat yourself to some great coffee and delightful breakfast or lunch at the Wilde Roast, a place I wish I could bring to Chicago.

With this new spot, whatever the theme and cuisine may be, in addition to the new restaurant being planned by the owners of Hopleaf, in the former La Donna space, just south of Foster Avenue, Clark Street in Andersonville is really becoming quite the restaurant row.

From the Italian Anteprima to the Korean Jin Ju, to the Kitschy Hamburger Mary's, to uber fashionable pizza place Great Lake, to classic Chicago Italian Calo, as well as the aforementioned Hopleaf, and Andie's, Reza's and a few spots that still carry the banner of the neighborhood's Swedish heritage, as well as a great ice cream spot, George's, a wonderful Sicilian pastry shop, Natalina's, a cool independently-owned coffee shop, The Coffee Studio, and a nifty wine shop/wine bar, In Fine Spirits, Andersonville has become one of the city's most diverse, eclectic and interesting dining areas. And with the exception of a couple dishes here and a dish or two there, all the neighborhood's dining options are moderately priced.

Exciting? Andersonville? A neighborhood that still, most days, rolls up the sidewalks at 10 p.m.? Yep.

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