A noteworthy longtime Chicago chef and his wife—who both worked under Rick Bayless for years—are gearing up to bring their own version of Mexican food to Logan Square. Brian Enyart, who rose through Bayless' ranks during a 14-year stint and was most recently the chef de cuisine at Topolobampo in 2011, and his wife, former Topolobampo pastry chef Jennifer Jones, signed a lease at 2829 W. Armitage for their first restaurant—the "Mexican-inspired" Dos Urban Cantina. They're hoping to open it this fall in the space that used to house Katakana Sushi Bar, which "temporarily closed for remodeling" on May 2, and is just east of Parson's Chicken & Fish.
Enyart, who frequently traveled south of the border with Bayless, says they're still fleshing out the menu, but elaborates on the "Mexican-inspired" description this way: "We love Mexico and what we want to do with this restaurant is more about our own personal expression," he says, "and infusing bigger, bolder flavors." It will serve dinner seven days a week to start, in a space that holds 70 seats in the dining room and 30 at the bar.
Enyart left Topolobampo in 2011 after spending 14 years working for perhaps the best known chef of Mexican food in the world. He spent time traveling and consulting before landing as the executive chef at El Camino, an acclaimed Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar in Louisville, in December 2013. He says he was commuting every week between there and Chicago the entire time to scout locations, and finally nailed down the lease this week. Jones, who worked at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo for five years as well as at Charlie Trotter's, left her Topolo pastry chef post in January.
Now they'll both be in Chicago for the long haul, bringing expertise learned from Bayless along with personal vision and other things picked up along way. "Our goal was always to open a restaurant together," Enyart says. "We're very excited to open it in Chicago."