By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 28, 2016 at 7:57 PM Photography: Andy Tarnoff

Robert King and Ryan Bonen will soon open The Phoenix Lounge in the former Duplex, 785 N. Jefferson St. King and Bonen also own the Bad Genie Rock Lounge, which is next door to the future Phoenix, and the kitchen inside Yield Bar, called Comiskey’s, 1932 E. Kenilworth Pl.

According to King, The Phoenix will be a "laid back craft cocktail lounge with small plates that are world-street food inspired."

The building has been gutted and is in the process of being completely remodeled. King says they are planning for a June opening.

"We think Jefferson Street has an amazing bar culture and we just want to give people another reason to head to our block," he says.

King and Bonen, both from Chicago, met at Marquette University. "We’ve been looking to expand for some time now, so we’ve always had a plan to open more establishments," says King.

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