Alpana Singh's Evanston restaurant is coming along, as Singh and her partners have announced their executive chef. Andrew Graves, an Alinea Group veteran, gets the nod at Terra & Vine, Singh's Mediterranean spot that should open later this summer at 1701 Maple Ave. in Evanston.
Graves is returning to Chicago after living in Costa Rica where, according to a news release, he opened two restaurants. In Evanston, he'll add Italian touches to Mediterranean dishes. The restaurant will sport an open kitchen with —surprise— an open hearth and rotisserie. The menu will include pizza, roasted chicken and house-made pasta.
The dining room will seat 110 and there's a 40-seat bar, according to Chicago magazine. Singh told them to expect a rustic and comfortable vibe that hides the fact that diners are in the suburbs. Terra & Vine is the former "Check, Please!" host's third restaurant, following The Boarding House and Seven Lions.