Additional than seven decades after its debut in Lakeview, present day Mexican cafe Barcocina will before long reveal a larger outpost in West Town. Recognised by lots of for its expansive patio around Wrigley Area, the corporation will open up a next location in early October at 1814 W. Chicago Avenue, the previous household of Tecalitlan, the family members-owned Mexican cafe that relocated in May perhaps to Lincoln Park after practically 50 years close to the corner of Chicago Avenue and Wooden Street.
Chicago diners’ expectations have heightened given that Barcocina initial opened in 2015, in particular when it comes to creative Mexican delicacies. Although Rick Bayless set up a base in downtown Chicago, a genre acquired extra visibility subsequent the launch of Diana Dávila’s cafe juggernaut Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square and Carlos Gaytán’s Tzuco in River North. The city’s standard strength and enthusiasm for imaginative techniques compelled places to eat throughout the city, such as Barcocina, to up their match.
The new restaurant’s crew hopes to emphasize this expansion with a sharing-concentrated menu that capabilities equally longtime hits like yucca tots and firecracker shrimp and new possibilities, some of which have been test-driven in Lakeview, these types of as scallop ceviche bites with strawberry, and hibiscus “caviar.” Serving consumers in Lakeview, government chef Ramiro Piza also plans to veer from tradition by kicking matters off with an Octoberfest-themed taco that includes jalapeño sausage.
“We like to look at the taco as a vessel,” Adam Webb, Barcocina West Town’s typical supervisor says. “[They allow] us to showcase a extensive array of distinct cuisines all by the familiarity and appreciate of a dish we all know so nicely.”
The creating has found significant changes which include a 230-seat patio which is 50 per cent bigger than the Lakeview area, says Webb. It’ll household two bars, one particular of which can be wholly enclosed so it can function yr-spherical — a response to pandemic life. The cocktail menu isn’t still finalized, but patrons can hope a assortment of about 40 various tequilas, as nicely as an considerable assortment of cocktails (by the glass or pitcher), draft beers, and wines.
West Town is property to a aggressive restaurant scene with new contenders, such as forthcoming seafood-focused spinoff Large Star Mariscos from Just one Off Hospitality, seeking to carve out their own place in the community. But for supporters of Tecalitlan, new upstarts and increasing teams have large sneakers to fill. Next-technology owners Karla Garcia and Juan Carlos Garcia Jr. have been compelled to relocate when the restaurant’s lease expired and its landlord sought to offer the developing. They’ve given that commenced a new chapter in Lincoln Park.
Barcocina West Town, 1814 W. Chicago Avenue, Scheduled to open in early October.