Sunday, November 4, 2007

Dion Antic gets dirty

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The new Iggys3, at the corner of Chicago and Dearborn.

Only Dion Antic can get away with making hot dogs hip.

With Rock Star Dogs--his latest project slated to open at year's end in Ukrainian Village at the corner of Chicago and Ashland--late-night revelers in the area don't have to travel all the way to Wrigleyville's Weiner Circle to get their food fix.

There's about 20 dogs on the menu with cool names like Tommy Lee (our foot-long tribute), Los Lobos (Latin-style bacon wrapped dog), Sting (Tantric tofu dog) and the J. Timberlake (Our Cheezy Dog . . .Dawg!). And non hot dog lovers can get The Misfits, two mini cheeseburgers. All sandwiches come with fries and a can of soda, and range $4-$6. It will stay open 'til 4am on most nights, 5am on Saturday.

But, of course, being Dion Antic, he's not stopping there. He's had much success as the consultant of Iggys3, which opened in early September at the corner of Chicago and Dearborn, and now he's on to the next big thing.

Be on the lookout in '08 for Dirty, a rock 'n' roll lounge boasting an "Easyrider," biker attitude, with pole dancing, bold tattoo murals and a vintage Americana theme. Behind the bar, you'll find a huge line of handmade cocktails, including Manhattans with brandy-soaked cherries and an impressive Dirty martini. Serving them will be waitresses outfitted in plaid Catholic schoolgirl uniforms with knee-high Doc Martin boots. And get this: Each month, Dirty will feature porn star karaoke with performances from popular actresses like Kylie King and Jenna Hayes. Stay tuned.