The Kerryman

Near North
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This is the first U.S. venture for the owners, who already own bars, clubs and hotels in Ireland, the U.K. and Spain. The space (formerly occupied by Tonic 661 and Doc's River North) has undergone a major makeover; owners recruited an Irish architectural firm to design the interior as well as the custom-made bars, and have added a third-level balcony. The rich interior features plenty of mahogany, stone walls, leather booths and granite bar tops. The menu offers standards like fish and chips, shepherd's pie and mac 'n' cheese made with a trio of Irish cheeses, but also offers upscale fare like steaks and seafood. The bar's named in honor of legendary Kerryman St. Brendan (also known as Brendan the Navigator), a monk from County Kerry who may have set foot on American soil long before Christopher Columbus.