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Chicago Makes Its Mark on Nashville

Chefs and restaurateurs are expanding their Chicago brands southward to Nashville. Although Nashville is roughly 450 miles South of Chicago, the two cities have never felt closer thanks to a recent uptick in restaurant expansions and chef movement. The draw for Chicago restaurants and bars to branch out to Nashville, essentially the closest Southern city […]

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Aug 29, 2017 04:25 AM
Weekly Planner: Happy Hour at Broken Shaker

Happy Hour at Broken Shaker New happy hours are a dime a dozen these days in Chicago, but the version taking place at the Broken Shaker may be the coolest (and most irreverent) yet. It’s called the “Happy Hipster,” and it’s a playful, nostalgia-inspired combo that features a secret recipe burger with fries and a domestic beer […]

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Aug 28, 2017 12:18 AM
The Polenta Bar Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the West Loop

In recent years, fast-casual dining has manifested in many different ways, in part triggered like a Domino effect by companies following the Chipotle model of customized food, quick service and quality ingredients. From noodles and salads, to Middle Eastern food and poké, Chicago’s fast-casual scene has a lot to choose from, but none are quite […]

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Aug 23, 2017 06:06 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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