Divine intervention: Providence Tavern is taking shape in Edgewater

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.

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.

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