The Tankard, A Neighborhood Spot, is a bar/restaurant located in Chicago's growing neighborhood of Wicker Park. Owners Robert Colón, Philicia Mizell, and Patrick Wrona first met while working for the Boka Restaurant Group. Sharing similar restaurant philosophies and a love for hospitality, the three of them decided to go into business together. The Tankard features an upscale bar fare menu paired with a well curated beverage list in an intimate and comfortable neighborhood atmosphere. It is the perfect place to catch your favorite Chicago sports team, play a round of darts, or to simply enjoy a good meal.
Robert Colón was born and raised in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. He attended The University of Illinois and later moved to Baltimore, MD. While in Baltimore, Rob worked as Assistant Sommelier at the premier fine dining Italian restaurant Cinghiale. In 2010 Rob moved back to Chicago and worked at Perennial Virant as Beverage Director/Assistant General Manager, as well as at Celeste as Assistant General Manager. He was also the opening General Manager/Beverage Director of Compass Bar.
Philicia Mizell is originally from Lincoln, Ne. She moved to Chicago in 2009 to attend Columbia College Chicago, which she graduated from in 2012 with a BA in Arts Management. Philicia has been working in the Chicago restaurant industry since she moved here and has worked at such places as Brown Trout and Piccolo Sogno Due, and was on the opening staff of The J. Parker by Boka Restaurant Group. She was also the opening Assistant General Manager for Compass Bar.
Patrick Wrona was born and raised in South Holland, IL.
In 2007 he decided to leave a career in corporate sales to work in restaurants. He worked for 6 years for Boka Restaurant Group working at Boka, Perennial, GT Fish & Oyster, and The J Parker. He left Boka in 2013 to open Compass Bar, Craft Beer & Woodfired Pizza in Lincoln Park.
The Tankard is his second restaurant.