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Bow & Stern, an Oyster Bar From the Drawing Room Team, Opening Tonight

[Photos: Marc Much]

Here's yet another restaurant opening in this busy holiday season. Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, a seafood restaurant from the team behind The Drawing Room, opens today in the former Branch 27 space on Chicago Avenue.

The food options focus on the raw bar, prominently placed near the entrance. Oysters will be served raw, grilled, pickled, or fried; salmon tartare, tuna tartare, and cocktail shrimp round out the uncooked items.

The rest of chef Brian Greene's menu is large: the kitchen will crank out appetizers, salads, and fish and meat entrees. Stout braised oxtail, lubina, sturgeon, cioppino, and pastrami cured salmon are among them. Two "surf and turf" options (pork belly and scallops; lobster and wagyu sirloin) are available.

For drinks, Bow & Stern is focusing on a tidy seasonal cocktail list (three "originals" and five "classics") and a decent beer selection. The bar holds eight taps and 29 bottle types.

The space is largely understated, clean, and subtly nautical. The layout is a two-prong effort: front bar and booths and a rear dining room under the bright, expansive atrium left over from Branch 27. Exposed brick and wood panelling covers most of the walls.

It'll be open until 2 a.m. (3 a.m. on Saturdays) for a late-night drink too.
· Drawing Room Owner Opening Oyster Bar in Former Branch 27 Space [-ECHI-]
· Bow & Stern [Official Site]

Bow & Stern

1371 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL