Are oyster bars the new craft burger bars? It may seem like that lately, as restaurants based on serving the mollusk delicacy are arriving with more and more frequency. The latest will be Pearl Tavern, from former Hubbard Inn partner Adolfo Garcia, in the former Coogan's Riverside Saloon space on Wacker, Crain's reports. Oyster Pail and Bow & Stern are opening soon and many other new restaurants are serving oysters as a main menu item.
Pearl Tavern will focus on a raw bar to serve oysters, crudo, tartare, and ceviche with various accoutrements. The rest of the 130-seat space will see a menu of both cold (swordfish, ahi, and salmon carpaccio; tuna poke) and hot dishes (grilled octopus with caponata; mussels with curry). Garcia is making over the space in hopes of making it a "beautiful reinvention of a classic American oyster bar."