“It’s an American bistro, which means we have no rules at all,” said Perennial partner Kevin Boehm about his new Lincoln Park restaurant set to open in March 2008. “It’s warm and friendly and prices are affordable.”
A select few local restaurant writers were invited Wednesday to get the first “hard-hat” tour of the venue (1800 N. Lincoln Ave.), which is bare bones now, but Boehm's partner Rob Katz assured us that it’s on schedule to open on time.
The restaurant/lounge takes over the entire first floor of boutique hotel Park View, which will open simultaneously. The team of Boehm and Katz are best known for Boka (1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070) and Landmark (1633 N. Halsted St., 312-587-1600), but the ambitious Perennial will be the most eye-catching of the trio. Colors throughout the venue will range from dramatic seagrass tomato to festive bursts of turquoise, pink and gold. Imposing birch branches will spring from behind banquettes, while the dining room ceiling will be draped in cloth, giving the effect of a circus atmosphere. And two lounges, one private, the other public, will be ideal to chill out in with small-plate offerings near the fireplace.
And speaking of small plates, Executive Chef Guiseppe Tentori plans to buck the current trend to offer mostly robust, seasonal dishes. And with Perennial’s perfect position directly across the street from Green City Market, expect him to use local and organic produce whenever possible.
Also on the horizon is Natalino’s (1523 W. Chicago Ave.), a pretty Italian storefront in West Town that’s right near Flo, West Town Tavern and Habana Libre. It’s simply designed in deep hard wood and clean lines, and should do really well considering that there’s really no Italian restaurants in the area. No opening date yet, but by the looks of it, they’re probably shooting for January.