Chow Town

August 15, 2013

Harry’s Country Club in the River Market is planning a modern Italian restaurant nearby

Hickok’s Bar & Grill closed Wednesday in the River Market. But the owner of nearby Harry’s Country Club wants to open a modern Italian restaurant in the space at 528 Walnut St.

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Less than three years after opening in the River Market, Hickok’s Bar & Grill is now closed.

But the space at 528 Walnut St. might not be empty for long.

Harry Murphy, owner of Harry’s Country Club — just a half block away at 112 E. Missouri Ave. — wants to open a new restaurant in the space, one specializing in modern Italian cuisine and offering more small plates instead of family-style dishes.

If the lease is signed, Murphy plans to open the yet-to-be-named restaurant in early November, said Kate McGlaughlin, Murphy’s daughter and general manager of Harry’s. She also would be the general manager of the new restaurant.

Forbes Cross opened Hickok’s (after Wild Bill) in late 2010. Cross said he sold his interest in the restaurant two years ago.

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