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Weekly Planner: Gauguin-inspired Specials, Brunch Returns to Chop Shop, New Lunch at Bittersweet and More

Gauguin-inspired Burger and Cocktail at Seven Lions In honor of the new Paul Gauguin Artist as Alchemist exhibit opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, the conveniently located Seven Lions is rolling out an inspired burger and cocktail special to run the duration of the programming, starting June 25. Courtesy of chef Patrick Russ, the […]

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Jun 20, 2017 07:13 PM
Weekly Planner: Mercadito’s Mixology Academy, Father’s Day BBQ, Writers Club and More

One of the best ongoing beverage events in Chicago, Mercadito’s Mixology Academy is back for more on June 17, followed by an experiential dinner two days later. River North’s perpetually hot Mexican restaurant and bar is christening summer in style with their next themed shindig, featuring a lesson on Bulleit Bourbon cocktails led by beverage […]

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Jun 12, 2017 01:29 AM
Weekly Planner: Crêpes Dinner, More New Brunch

New Brunch and drinking deals in Chicago One of the most unique Sunday supper series in the city keeps going strong on June 11, as Floriole Cafe & Bakery rolls out its next crêpes-focused dinner. Giving guests a taste of France, the second installment in the dinner series focuses on late-spring ingredients and dishes inspired by […]

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Jun 05, 2017 06:17 PM

Trenchermen Re-emerges as Trench

One of Bucktown’s most beloved restaurants and bars just got a whole lot better. After closing briefly for a refresh and some new faces in the kitchen, Trenchermen has re-emerged as Trench, with Jared Wentworth in tow. 

 

Trench
Photo by Galdones Photography

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the man responsible for racking up the accolades and the feverish crowds at Longman & Eagle, one of the foremost restaurants responsible for catapulting Logan Square into culinary glory. For their makeover of Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality tapped the chef to come aboard and put his stamp on contemporary American tavern fare. The result is a space that more fluidly combines the dining room and the bar, with a menu filled with inventive twists on classic comforting flavors. 

Dishes to get excited about include bone marrow corn bread, Kentucky fried quail with Southern braised green beans and hamachi crudo with black lime, cashew, shiso, radish, Meyer lemon and chili vinaigrette. Angela Diaz joins the ranks as pastry chef. 

Since drinking as equally paramount at Trench, beverage manager Michael McAvena rose to the challenge by amassing a menu of Alsatian wines, American wines, ciders and six beers on draft. Meanwhile, head bartender Sabrina Kudic leads the charge on classic-inspired cocktails, featuring the likes of Gin Fizzes, New York Sours and Grasshoppers. 

 

Trench
Photo by Galdones Photography


Design-wise, Kevin Heisner worked to create a more seamless synergy between the bar space and main dining area. Mirrors along the rear wall serve to open up the room more, while white washed brick recall the subway tile found in the building’s original bathhouse. There’s also a new DJ booth in the bar, home to an impressive vinyl collection. 

Trench is now open for dinner, with plans for brunch in the coming weeks.

Tags: TrenchTrenchermenBucktown
Neighborhoods: Wicker Park

Formerly known as Trenchermen, Heisler Hospitality have morphed their Bucktown staple into Trench. Borrowing a page from American tavern lore, the hospitality group have honed in on contemporary American cuisine...

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