Partners Michael Brockhoff and Sam Roots have plans of longevity for the vacant quarters at 5280 West 25th Avenue, the cursed building that most recently held the extremely short-lived Johnie's Bar-B-Que (and prior to that, Tiki Torch and Okoboji Inn). The two have completely gutted the space, which will soon become Providence Tavern, a friendly neighborhood bar with good food and good beer, according to Roots. "This is a great neighborhood that deserves great bars, and our goal is to be a place where everyone can come to drink well and eat well," says Roots, who hopes to have the tavern up and running by the end of the year.
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When the tavern opens, it'll join a several other new restaurants in Edgewater, including GB Fish and Chips and Vina Pho and Grill, both of which opened last month across the street from Sloan's Lake.