Longtime Vie chef de cuisine Nathan Sears has announced that he is teaming with Adam Hebert (Vie, Tribeca Grill) for not one, but technically two, projects. The duo, who also claim chef Paul Virant as a consulting partner in their restaurant, is working to open Radler, a Bavarian beer hall focusing on German cuisine.
The design for Radler, which is German for cyclist, will gain inspiration from the numerous beer halls around the southern German region. It will feature communal dining where guests will choose from a menu of about 25 to 30 items focusing on house-made charcuterie, pickling, preserving and smoking. Sears' background in butchering will likely play a key role here.
The beer hall isn't the only thing on tap for the project. Sears and Hebert will concurrently open D.A.S., a "restaurant within a restaurant." D.A.S. will be an eight- to 10-person fine dining chef's table where guests can enjoy a six-course tasting menu for $80 to $100. D.A.S. will be open Thursday through Saturday nights with two seatings each night.
Sears and Hebert, who is heading up the restaurant's bar program that will have a focus on German and Austrian beers, are still looking for a final location for Radler/D.A.S., but hope to lock in a space either in Lincoln Park or Logan Square. They hope to open in late spring or early summer next year.
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