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Ada Street’s Owners to Open a Sibling Restaurant/Bar Off Elston

DMK should launch Fort Willow next month

Fort Willow
Ashok Selvam
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

DMK Restaurant Group is betting hard on the Elston Corridor, north of North Avenue where it opened Ada Street back in 2012. The group will open a new bar/restaurant, Fort Willow at 1721 N. Elston Avenue in late December, according to a news release. They’ll serve dinner and weekend brunch inside a two-floor, 2,500-square-foot, and 75-seat space.

The menu includes foods inspired from various regions around the world, and the soundtrack will also have a global vibe. Music will be a big part of the atmosphere, just like at Ada Street. Fort Willow’s sample dishes include a steak and egg fried rice, and an Indian-style vegetable curry with naan. They’ll also serve Florida stone crab claws. DMK’s Michael Kornick collaborated on the menu with Chef Deirdre Quinn. Quinn helped open DMK’s Tavernonna in Kansas City, according to Crain’s, which broke the story.

The space will feature a tree made of wooden slats with branches covering the dining room. Chris Talsma of Filoramo Talsma Architects and local craftsman, Arlan DeRussy, designed the restaurant. There’s also a second-floor event space with an outdoor terrace that faces east. Crain’s reported that it will open early next year.

The drinks will also have an international flair, many of which will use fresh fruit juice. There’s the “Caipifruta,” with Novo Fogo Cachaça, lime and seasonal fruit and the “Tree Fort Punch,” with Stormy Night black tea, Amaro Abano, Amaro Averna, aged pisco and nutmeg.

Around the corner from Fort Willow stands DMK’s third concept in the area, Werewolf Coffee Bar. They’re neighbors with Cocktail Courier, a cocktail-kit company that employs many local bar consultants. Fort Willow will offer a monthly drink special and customers who like their drinks could purchase a drink kits through the courier.

The restaurant is on the same street as Local Foods — the cafe/butcher/grocer combo. The area continues to be intriguing for fans of good food. Check back for more details on Fort Willow as the opening grows nearer.

Werewolf Coffee Bar

1756 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL Visit Website

Ada Street

1664 North Ada Street, , IL 60642 (773) 234-1753 Visit Website

Local Foods

1427 West Willow Street, , IL 60642 (312) 432-6575 Visit Website

Fort Willow

1721 North Elston Avenue, , IL 60642 (773) 687-8898 Visit Website