Logan Square is getting another unique Mexican concept soon — and this one will have four prongs in one. Quiote, a highly-ambitious new concept from the owner of Chicago’s first cook-on-board food truck (The Salsa Truck) and Chicago’s first food food truck commissary/restaurant/popup space (the shuttered The Garage) is taking over the shuttered Letizia’s Fiore space at 2456 N. California Ave., according to owner Dan Salls. It will be an Oaxacan-inspired mezcal bar, taqueria, full-service restaurant and cafe in one, with the mezcaleria located on the lower level.
Yes, Logan Square is home to tons of Mexican spots—most notably the chef-driven hotspot Dos Urban Cantina, Chicago’s most notable mezcal bar Mezcaleria Las Flores, and a vast number of taco and burrito joints. But Salls and team believe that the variety and uniqueness of their concept will set them apart.
The space will open at 6 a.m. daily with the cafe component to offer a Mexican-sourced coffee bar with beans roasted by Sparrow and Mexican pastries before switching to taco and torta service in the nighttime. The 50-seat full-service dining room will serve regional Mexican dishes for dinner service, including grilled octopus with pumpkin seed mole and crispy masa cake with confit duck and housemade crema.
But the heart of the concept appears to be the drinks. Mezcal will be served in the whole space, most notably the 40-seat downstairs mezcaleria. Expect eight house cocktails, and extensive selections of mezcal, tequila and sotol, and Mexican beers. After extensive travels south of the border, Salls hired two beverage directors who run mezcal programs in Oaxaca, Bobby Baker and Jason Cox, who will run the beverage programs at Quiote.
Salls has been working on the concept for months at popups after The Garage sadly shuttered. Look for all four prongs to open sometime this fall on California