Don Sritong's beverage-pairing restaurant revealed back in April now has a name, Coppervine. Sritong hopes to open at 1962 N. Halsted before Thanksgiving in the space that used to house Aubriot and a Boston Blackie's location.
Sritong and collaborating chef Michael Taus (Zealous) have met regularly for many months now, creating 25 dishes (including desserts) that will be broken down into small, medium, and large plates. The elevated American comfort-food Taus is creating has been carefully matched with Sritong's selections of wines and cocktails. The desserts will be paired with different coffees.
Taus will not stay on long after Coppervine's opening, but does plan to return a few times a year to help with menu planning.
Coppervine will house a 75-seat dining room as well as a 50-seat second-floor that is meant as a test space. Customers will be able to sample items there, giving feedback to the staff. This feedback will be used to fine tune the items for future inclusion on the regular menu.
In other news, Sritong's relocated wine shop Just Grapes (1149 N. State St.) opened on August 29.
· Coppervine Can Definitely Suggest a Wine to Go With That [Dish]
· Just Grapes' Don Sritong Opening Restaurant [~ECHI~]
[Photo: justgrapes.net/Chicago Now]