Additional than 7 a long time immediately after its debut in Lakeview, contemporary Mexican restaurant Barcocina will shortly expose a even larger outpost in West Town. Acknowledged by many for its expansive patio in the vicinity of Wrigley Subject, the corporation will open up a second site in early Oct at 1814 W. Chicago Avenue, the former property of Tecalitlan, the household-owned Mexican cafe that relocated in Could to Lincoln Park immediately after practically 50 decades close to the corner of Chicago Avenue and Wood Road.
Chicago diners’ anticipations have heightened since Barcocina initially opened in 2015, in particular when it will come to inventive Mexican cuisine. Although Rick Bayless recognized a base in downtown Chicago, a style received more visibility next the start of Diana Dávila’s cafe juggernaut Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Sq. and Carlos Gaytán’s Tzuco in River North. The city’s normal electrical power and enthusiasm for resourceful ways pressured restaurants throughout the town, like Barcocina, to up their sport.
The new restaurant’s group hopes to spotlight this development with a sharing-centered menu that features both of those longtime hits like yucca tots and firecracker shrimp and new possibilities, some of which have been exam-driven in Lakeview, this sort of as scallop ceviche bites with strawberry, and hibiscus “caviar.” Serving prospects in Lakeview, government chef Ramiro Piza also options to veer from custom by kicking matters off with an Octoberfest-themed taco that includes jalapeño sausage.
“We like to perspective the taco as a vessel,” Adam Webb, Barcocina West Town’s normal supervisor suggests. “[They allow] us to showcase a large array of different cuisines all via the familiarity and like of a dish we all know so properly.”
The building has viewed important modifications which includes a 230-seat patio that’s 50 percent greater than the Lakeview site, claims Webb. It’ll house two bars, a single of which can be totally enclosed so it can function 12 months-spherical — a reaction to pandemic existence. The cocktail menu is not however finalized, but patrons can be expecting a variety of all-around 40 distinctive tequilas, as well as an intensive assortment of cocktails (by the glass or pitcher), draft beers, and wines.
West Town is household to a competitive restaurant scene with new contenders, like forthcoming seafood-centered spinoff Big Star Mariscos from 1 Off Hospitality, searching for to carve out their very own house in the neighborhood. But for enthusiasts of Tecalitlan, recent upstarts and expanding teams have large shoes to fill. 2nd-era homeowners Karla Garcia and Juan Carlos Garcia Jr. were compelled to relocate when the restaurant’s lease expired and its landlord sought to sell the setting up. They’ve since begun a new chapter in Lincoln Park.
Barcocina West City, 1814 W. Chicago Avenue, Scheduled to open in early Oct.