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Hopleaf owners buy building for new restaurant

From Crain’s Chicago:

By Andrew Schroedter, July 28, 2009

(Crain’s) — The owners of Michael & Louise’s Hopleaf Bar have paid $1.3 million for the former La Donna Restaurant space, about nine months after a deal to buy the same Andersonville building collapsed when they lost their financing.

Michael Roper, co-owner of the popular Hopleaf at 5148 N. Clark St., said he hopes to open a new eatery and wine bar by yearend in the two-story building, next door to his trendy tavern.

The as-yet-unnamed restaurant is to have 90 seats and an outdoor area. The menu will feature Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, an extensive wine list and about 20 American microbrews on tap.

In an interesting twist, Mr. Roper won’t offer liquor, bottled beer or any menu items found at Hopleaf, which opened in 1992 and is known for its Belgian fare and about 200 types of beer. Continue reading

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