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Wicker Park's Publican Anker Names Chef, Will Open This Fall

Updated: August 19, 2016.

Big news for Publican fans. According to the Chicago Tribune, the chef of Fulton Market's Publican Quality Meats, AJ Walker, will be heading up the new Wicker Park offshoot as chef de cuisine. 

Look for Publican Anker to open this Fall at 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue; the former location of Francesa's Forno and Glazed & Infused. 


Originally Published: August 5, 2016

Wicker Wire: In case you've missed the huge mural covering the former home of Francesa's Forno and Glazed & Infused at 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue (or you're still just wondering what the heck it means), here are a few details. 

The team behind Big Star, Violet Hour and Dove's Luncheonette (One Off Hospitality) has secured the space with plans underway for a new bar to open at the corner of North, Damen, Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Named Publican Anker, the new spot will focus on being "the perfect bar room" that will also serve food including seasonal vegetables, bar food and raw/roasted shell fish. Why Anker vs Anchor? The Germanic spelling of Anker means a unit of measurement for beer, wine and spirits.

Speaking of which, Publican Anker also plans to offer classically brewed beer and an interesting selection of wine.

No word yet on an official opening date. As always, we will keep you posted. 

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