Less than a month after Prasino Wicker Park suddenly shuttered, someone new has taken over the space—former Zealous proprietor and Charlie Trotter protege Michael Taus, Chicago Magazine first reported. Taus will implement a casual concept he's been honing while working consulting gigs at Da Lobsta and Coppervine for his first restaurant since the upscale Zealous' 20-year run ended on New Year's Day 2013.
While he hasn't settled on a name yet, Taus says he'll cook food influenced by a variety of global cuisines inspired by travels both domestic and international. He hopes to become a fixture in the neighborhood and that an easygoing vibe and unfussy food will bring repeat business. "There's no more fancy for me," he says.
Taus says the landlord contacted him about the space and he closed the deal in just a week. Cosmetic changes will create a new design but major construction isn't needed, so expect a quick turnaround—he hopes to open in December or January.
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