Crosby’s Kitchen Planned for Former Leo’s Space on Southport

By Geoff Dankert | Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The former Leo's Coney Island on Southport will be replaced by "Crosby's Kitchen." Credit: Geoff Dankert

The four partners of 4 Star Restaurant Group plan to open Crosby’s Kitchen, a new “straight-forward American food” restaurant and bar, by July 1, at the former Leo’s Coney Island space, 3455 N. Southport Ave. The proprietors of DOC Wine Bar and Frasca Pizzeria reportedly acquired the space soon after Leo’s closing last month.

4 Star owners Doug Dunlay and Josh Rutherford spoke before last night’s West Lake View Neighbors meeting to ask the organization to support a new liquor license. The license must be approved by Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) to obtain city approval.

“We plan to update the old grey façade and open up the windows” of the property, said partner Doug Dunlay. Once the renovations are completed, the spot will also include a sidewalk cafe and have “a very classic look.”

Draft menus were distributed by Dunlay and Rutherford at the WLVN meeting–with the restaurant’s original working name “Southport Grille”–showing a similarity to menus at other 4 Star properties, Dunlay’s on the Square and Dunlay’s on Clark. Like Dunlay’s and Frasca, Crosby’s Kitchen will emphasize a family-friendly atmosphere, the partners said, and offer a stroller valet. The restaurant will also include a rotisserie grill and emphasize brunch on weekends.

WLVN voted unanimously to endorse 4 Star’s application for a liquor license.

Last week, Roscoe View Journal reported that Leo’s on Southport closed immediately after filing a lawsuit against the home company alleging “lack of guidance.”

Crosby’s Kitchen Menu

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