Dad’s Place Opening In Wrigleyville In Former Houndstooth Saloon Spot

WRIGLEYVILLE — A Southwest Sider with a lifelong love for good neighborhood bars is taking over the former Houndstooth Saloon at Clark and Roscoe streets, a few blocks south of Wrigley Field.

Ron Prokaski and his wife, Andrea Kardaras, are opening Dad’s Place at 3369 N. Clark St., the former Houndstooth Saloon. It will be a second iteration of Mom’s Place, the River North bar and live music venue that has been a neighborhood fixture since opening in 2017.

Country bar Houndstooth, which opened in 2006, closed in 2023 after the bar’s visibility and profit had declined due to the CTA’s $2 billion Red-Purple Modernization Project.

The couple has started overhauling the space and hope to open in September, Prokaski said.

They hope to recreate the atmosphere Prokaski experienced growing up in bars: the camaraderie between patrons and bartenders, the comforting atmosphere and familiar energy, he said.

“My grandfather used to take me to bars in the middle of the afternoon,” Prokaski said. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but he was essentially a bookie of sorts. He’d give me quarters to play the Duckpin bowling game and a Yoo-hoo while he took care of business.”

Houndstooth Saloon closed last year. Credit: Facebook

The ongoing Red Line construction was something Prokaski had considered as a barrier to opening the bar. But after scoping out the location and researching soundproofing elements for the new project, he signed on the dotted line and hasn’t looked back.

There is still a lot of work to be done before Dad’s Place can open, Prokaski said.

“The building was built in 1895 and the previous owners seem to have had the mentality of putting a layer over something to make it better,” Prokaski said. “We’re pretty much putting a lot of lipstick on the pig at this point.”

Once the remodel is complete, Prokaski hopes Dad’s Place can become Wrigleyville’s version of Mom’s Place: a comfortable and inviting neighborhood bar in an otherwise touristy part of the city.

“We’re hands-on owners,” Prokaski said. “We have people working for us today at Mom’s Place that have been with us since Windy City Inn, and I think that speaks to what we’re all about.”

Dad’s Place will have live music, karaoke, comfort food and other neighborhood bar staples. More than anything, it will serve as an oasis for people looking to sneak away from the late-night and rowdy crowds of Wrigleyville, Prokaski said.

“We believe that we’re going to offer the neighborhood something that you’re not going to find anywhere else,” Prokaski said. “A lot of charm, character and an inviting atmosphere.”

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