While it seemed that the news of Telegraph reconcepting meant that Logan Square diners and drinkers lost a standout wine-focused restaurant, it turns out that one of Chicago's oldest wine bars, from the same ownership, will replace it. Webster's Wine Bar will exit Webster Avenue after service on Sunday and relocate to the Telegraph space, owner Tom MacDonald confirms. Expect the process to be complete soon after the 4th of July.
MacDonald believes that the move is a win-win for Logan Square and Webster's and had been contemplating the move for some time. With chef Johnny Anderes exiting and changes afoot at Telegraph, he decided the time was right.
Webster's, located on the outskirts of Lincoln Park, was a destination spot and MacDonald is excited to move the name and concept to the heart of one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Chicago, just in time for its 20th anniversary. "There's such a legacy and history (with Webster's) and we want to keep it going," he says.
The relocated Webster's will have "the same overall vibe," meaning it will be unpretentious and offer wine classes and tastings, display local art, feature similar live music, and retain much of the same staff, MacDonald says. Expect the Telegraph space to undergo a "major decor change" before the opening next month.
But Lincoln Parkers are also losing a longtime standout wine spot, date destination, and sophisticated hangout on the west end of the neighborhood. Will they get a suitable replacement? What's next for the space is unconfirmed; stay tuned.
· Telegraph Closing to Reconcept; Johnny Anderes Leaving [-ECHI-]
· All Telegraph and Webster's Wine Bar Coverage [-ECHI-]
· Webster's Wine Bar [Official Site]