Modern Mexican gets another chance to succeed in Andersonville starting today as Octavio Cantina & Kitchen tries to satiate the neighborhood with brunch everyday, fresh tortillas, and creative cocktails. The restaurant, from the owners of Lady Gregory’s — a longtime neighborhood Irish pub down Clark Street — is an ambitious addition to the area inside the former Acre space at 5310 N. Clark Street. As Chicago’s Mexican restaurants continue to raise expectations, Octavio wants to win over both loyal fans of the genre and those who don’t care about the cuisine’s regional differences.
Crews have spruced up the space, restoring original finishes and enlisting the talents of two local artists. There a 30-foot mural of Mexico and a painting of Octavio Paz, the famous poet and restaurant’s namesake. Feather Nolan of Daft Interiors helped design the 6,000-square-foot space. There’s a chef’s counter in back and 13-foot-high ceilings.
Octavio hopes to succeed where Cantina 1910, another modern Mexican restaurant once located a few blocks south on Clark, failed. Take a tour around the space below and see if ownership can make the neighborhood happy.
Octavio Cantina & Kitchen, 5310 N. Clark Street, (773) 293-1223, open 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.