Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises continues to build restaurants on Halsted Street in Lincoln Park. This time they'll fill the former Coppervine space with Oyster on Halsted, an East Coast-inspired seafood spot from the team behind LEYE's Shaw's Crab House. Downstairs, they're opening the Low Tide Lounge, focusing on craft cocktails, and shooting to open both up in November. Coppervine, which focused on food-beverage pairing, closed in February.
The seafood at Oyster on Halsted will come from the same fishermen and sources as Shaw's, but management wants to ensure that they'll be different experiences. Oyster will be more casual and funky, Shaw's managing partner Bill Nevruz told the Tribune. Oyster makes four LEYE spots clustered around Halsted and Armitage: Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra (the latter which neighbors the Oyster space).
Menu-wise they'll serve "Stuffies" (stuffed clams baked with chorizo), chilled king crab cocktails, chilled New England- or warmed Connecticut-style lobster rolls and lobster spaghetti with lobster jus, cured tomato and arugula. There's also a selection of fresh fish.
Inside, there will be seating for 80 with a Cape Cod vibe at dinner service and weekend lunch. They're calling it rustic, yet playful. LEYE also has plans for the second floor, but hasn't unveiled that concept yet, although Nevruz told the Trib the top will be the most wild. That space will open early next year.