Grace hits the West Loop, Edzo’s expands to Lincoln Park and more.
Wed Aug 29 2012
Photograph: Lindsay Gallup
Bar Pastoral 2945 N Broadway
From the owners of the cheese/charcuterie retailer comes this 40-seat neighborhood bistro. pastoralartisan.com. Opens Oct.
Baume & Brix 351 W Hubbard St
Thomas Elliott Bowman (former chef of iNG) and Ben Roche (former pastry chef of Moto) collaborate on this menu, which features fluke crudo with green papaya and milk-braised veal cheeks. Opens mid-Sept.
The Boarding House 720 N Wells St.
Master sommelier and Check, Please! host Alpana Singh left Lettuce Entertain You to open a three-level, wine-centric restaurant in River North. She’ll pair global wines with globally influenced American dishes, such as black sea bass with celery root gratin, from Quebec-born chef Christian Gosselin. boardinghousechicago.com. Opens mid-Sept.
Bub City 435 N Clark St.
Jerrod and R.J. Melman reinvigorate an old Lettuce brand with this country bar and barbecue shack. But they’re not doing it alone: They’ve partnered with Joe’s Bar owners Ed Warm and Tom DiSanto for help booking live music, and with bartender Paul McGee to help with the bourbon-heavy drinks program. Opens Oct.
Carriage House 1700 W Division St
The South Carolina low country is the inspiration behind Mark Steuer’s follow-up to the Bedford, where the chef is delving into the cuisine of the South with dishes like braised pig’s feet with collard greens. carriagehousechicago.com. Opens mid-Sept.
Edzo’s 2218 N Lincoln Ave.
Since Eddie Lakin opened his old-fashioned burger spot in Evanston in 2009, we’ve used every possible excuse to go the North Shore. His city foray will be a similarly small space turning out the patties, fries and milkshakes of lore. edzos.com Opens late Oct.
Embeya 564 W Randolph St
Laurent Gras protégé Thai Dang is in the kitchen of this modern Asian restaurant. 312-612-5640, embeya.com. Opens early Sept.
Found 1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston
Amy Morton, daughter of famed restaurateur Arnie Morton, nabbed former C-House chef Nicole Pederson for this mission-driven spot, which will hire entry-level positions from marginal populations. foundkitchen.com. Opens Oct.
Grace 652 W Randolph St.
Curtis Duffy, a protégé of Grant Achatz who gained acclaim at the now-shuttered Avenues, is getting a lot of hype for this opening in—where else?—the West Loop. The plan: tasting menus, an ambitious wine program and Achatz-like attention to detail. grace-restaurant.com Opens late Oct./early Nov.
La Sirena Clandestina 954 W Fulton Mkt
This 42-seat restaurant is John Manion’s most personal project yet, featuring flavors from his Brazilian childhood, such as moqueca (fish stew). lasirenachicago.com. Opens early Sept.
Lao 18 18 W Hubbard St
Tony Hu (Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Hunan) ventures out of Chinatown to open what will be his eighth restaurant, a pan-Chinese spot. tonygourmetgroup.com. Opens Nov.
Leghorn Location TBD
With their Champagne bar, RM, finally open, Jared Van Camp and crew have turned their attention to this downscale, socially conscious fried-chicken sandwich shack. leghornchicken.com. Opens late fall.
OON 802 W Randolph St
Former Saigon Sisters chef Matt Eversman strikes out on his own with a contemporary American spot with Southeast Asian influences (e.g., hoison-glazed game hen). oonrestaurant.com. Opens mid-Sept.
Sumi Robata Bar 702 N Wells St
Chef Gene Kato (Japonais) is behind this Japanese grill, which has a tiny Japanese-style cocktail bar (Charcoal Bar) in the basement. sumirestaurants.com. Opens mid-fall.
Ward Eight 629 W Howard St, Evanston
In Fine Spirits alums Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer are opening this neighborhood cocktail bar on the Evanston side of Howard Street. 773-369-4911, wardeight.com. Opens late Sept.