Taylor Street gets a new restaurant this week
Bascule opening on Taylor Street in October
The name of the previous restaurant has been removed, and Eater.com is reporting that Bascule Wine Bar owners Jason Prah and Scott Harney are making swift progress on their forthcoming wine bar and bistro in the former Urban Union space, slating the opening for next month at 1421 W. Taylor St. Construction and cosmetic work began the week of September 8. They're starting to fire up the wood-burning oven. And they've named their chef, eight-year Gibson's Restaurant Group vet Michael Burkauskas, who says his opening menu is "95 percent finalized."
Burkauskas will mostly fill his menu with interesting yet simple preparations of seafood, meats, and small plates at affordable price points that he hopes will appeal to the diverse clientele near Taylor Street. "I want to let the ingredients shine," he says.
The former Luxbar executive chef highlights a dish with a familiar name—his "Duck, Duck, Goose"—a play on corned beef hash. Burkauskas will make a hash with duck meat and add foie gras and duck egg.
Other dishes include rabbit porchetta, a skate wing with capers and raisins, and a burger with locally-farmed toppings. Also expect lots of shellfish, lamb and veal on the menu at opening.
Burkauskas, who opened multiple properties for the Gibson's group, has only good things to say for his former employer and says he joined Bascule for the mix of personal relationships and culinary control. "I wanted more freedom to do my own thing," he says. "I'm excited to let this thing fly."
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Three Aces expanding to West Town
This report is from Eater.com: With the sudden 2013 closing of the much-beloved West Town Tavern and the here-today/gone-tomorrow Chicago Taco pop-up, the space at 1329 W. Chicago has lain fallow for more than a year. However, emerging details about the new Three Aces spot indicate a high energy concept in line with the Taylor Street spot, as set by the phrase "Dine & Drink Rock & Roll" which has been hand-painted in gold above the main window.
Although cosmetic construction is still underway, signature components of the decor appear completed. A bronze-and-wood color scheme complemented by exposed weathered brick with wall-mounted pipes repurposed as lighting speaks to the sleek and chic vibe. Taxidermy also reigns as a major interior element, as three mounted animal heads are affixed to the main back wall against wallpaper festooned with black and white cartoon images.
A source who is slated to be a staff member describes a focus on rustic Italian fare paired back to European wines and classic mixed drinks, and a projected opening date of October. Eater has contacted Three Aces ownership for more information, including the name, so stay tuned. UPDATE: The new name is Charlatan Chicago.
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