Logan Square eaters have officially lost Brand BBQ but are gaining a concept that ownership calls "the first of its kind in Chicago." Osteria Langhe, an Italian concept based strictly on the Piemonte region of Italy, is heading to Armitage Avenue, hopefully later this spring.
The owner, who prefers to remain nameless due to obligations at a current position, will begin construction on the space next week that will result in a 60-seat Northern Italian restaurant that he promises will be affordable and comfortable. "Our goal is to reproduce traditional specialties from the area of Piemonte," he says, "with also an ultimate goal to work with local growers."
Appetizers will cost around $8 and entrees will begin at $16 and top out with a steak for two that will be sliced tableside and served on a carving board. Pasta options will come in two sizes: A traditional Italian smaller pasta course or a full entree.
Osteria Langhe will have a large wine focus and all wines, with the exception of Champagnes, will be sourced from Piemonte. Many beers will also come from Piemonte although local craft brews will also be available. Cocktails will feature apertifs and vermouths from the region.
The bones of the Brand BBQ buildout will remain intact, although ownership is adding new hardwood floors, communal tables, soft lighting, and a mural of Piemonte. They hope to open in May.
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