UPDATE: Ownership has emailed to say the opening has been pushed back to June 9.
The General, the new taqueria/grocery store with a full bar, is targeting a June 9 opening in Logan Square. The owners are touting their farm-to-table concept as the only place to find tacos "entirely from scratch" in the area.
Owners Bryan Kiernan and Eric Ganz have revamped the old Provenance Food and Wine space at 2528 N. California Ave., restoring an old tin ceiling and even used lumber from a bar in Indiana in the renovation efforts. There's two outdoor options, on a back patio and sidewalk seating. There also a private room for parties. Hardwood floors and wooden tables keep with a "general store" theme, as the storefront has a bit of old-west flavor.
Chef Anthony Mugica trained under pub-menu specialist Dirk Flanigan (The Gage, BreakRoom Brewery) and he's got a South Carolinian barbecue background. Six tacos, plus a rotating taco of the month fill the menu. There's a barbecue brisket taco, as well as a smoked and roasted pork shoulder option. A vegan taco with root veggies topped with a tamarind mushroom barbecue sauce is available, as are southern fried chicken and catfish tacos. There's also a few bar snacks, including a shrimp and grits chimichanga. Sides, including jalapeño bacon cornbread and macaroni and cheese (topped with items like pork belly), round out the food menu
There's 10 seats at the bar, with draft beer and cocktails developed by head bartender Emma Sterzinger. She's handled beverages at Logan Arcade and SPACE in Evanston. A few of the six craft cocktails feature house-made syrups, and the drinks' names (like the "The Abolitionist" and "The Emancipator") keep with the Mexican and Southern soul food themes. The place's namesake is General John A. Logan, a Civil War hero. Additionally, a weekend Bloody Mary bar is planned.
Ownership is describing the retail portion as a boutique grocery store that selling liquor and organic goods from Midwestern vendors. Check out the full menus below: