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A front view of the bar with glass pendants
A front view of the bar with glass pendants

[Photo: Timothy Hiatt Photography]

It's been a bit of a bumpy road for the restaurant once known as Smith, but now that Telegraph is getting ready to make its debut, the place is shaping up to be a beautiful spot. The Logan Square restaurant, the latest from the team behind Webster's Wine Bar, is scheduled to open July 8, bringing an intimate eatery focusing on a rustic menu inspired by old world wines.

Chef John Anderes (avec) will introduce an opening menu broken up into four sections: tartines (West Coast sardines, tomatoes, hard egg, pea tendrils; fresh bean puree, baby squash, domestic caviar); first courses (fried formaggio burrata, shaved artichokes, balsamic reduction; frog legs, dill crème fraiche, Cataluña spices); second courses (kippered walleye, orecchiette pasta, fava beans, herbs; grilled lamb, blue pool oysters, cherries, pumpernickel, ginger volute) and third courses (desserts and cheeses). Prices range from $4 to $26 with plenty of affordable items.

The 85-seat spot has two rooms, both with bars and furniture handcrafted by artisans in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, reclaimed materials like antique mirrors and lights from an old airport bomb shelter. As previously reported, the bar in the back room features a 14-seat communal table where Telegraph will host special wine dinners and other chef-focused events.

View Telegraph Menu

· Smith Changing Name [~EChi~]
· Webster's Wine Bar Team Opening Restaurant with Avec Veteran John Anderes [~EChi~]

Telegraph Wine Bar

2601 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 773-292-9463 Visit Website


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