The feel of a Spanish Basque pintxo bar meets a French boîte at Bar Biscay, a new spot opening in early 2018 in the former Unite Urban Grill space in Noble Square. The bar will be operated by mfk owners Sari Zernich Worsham and Scott Worsham along with industry vet Joe Campagna (Charlie Trotter’s), author of the Chicago Food Snob blog and a former Eater Chicago contributor. They’re taking over the Unite space that’s been vacant since March 2016 at 1450 W. Chicago Avenue
Mfk chef Jeremy Leven will be curating the menu, using influences from both Spain’s northern coast and western France with a seasonal touch — expect to see Spanish influence during the summer and French in the winter. Leven plans on having a “mom-and-pop” feel, with wine and cocktail menus both having a seasonal approach as well, according to a news release.
The cocktail menu will have clear spirits like tequila and gin in the summer and brown spirits in the winter — but something genuinely Spanish will also be on the menu: vermouth on tap.
The Tribune first reported the story and spoke with the Worshams and Campagna. The husband and wife joked they needed a third partner to break any ties. Stay tuned for more in the New Year as Bar Biscay will open in early 2018.