Chef comebacks! Yusho and Goosefoot opening soon.
Sometimes, in the culinary world, you've got to strike while the iron is hot (or at least before your stove has been given too much time to cool). Chefs Chris Nugent and Matthias Merges, both of whome recently left jobs at prestigious and iconic restaurants, are now welcoming December with respective restaurant openings of their own.
Nugent, coming off of seven years at
Now that we’ve got that all cleared up, the first thing you might notice upon entering the restaurant are its more classic touches—three tiny Rodin sculptures of the infamous mangled-intertwining-body-parts type sit in the front of the restaurant, prints collected by Nugent on trips to France and Italy line the walls. However, the dining hall itself is very minimal and clean, stressing Nugent’s desire to marry classic influences with modern tastes. Goosefoot will start off serving a $90 8-course tasting menu, as well as a $140 12-course tasting menu once the restaurant hits its stride.
But before diving feet first in Nugent’s BYOB fresh-fest, you might want to check out Chef Matthias Merges’ first restaurant since leaving his fourteen-year tenure at in 2010. Yusho, opening on December 3rd in Logan Square, will focus on Japanese street food, specifically yakitori (grilled birds), yasai (grilled vegetables) and kushiyaki (grilled meats and seafood). In other words, don’t go to this Japanese restaurant expecting a fabulous raw bar. The main dinner menu will be divided into three mini-menus, each focusing on one of Yusho’s grilled specialties. The restaurant will also offers extensive wine, beer and sake lists and a late-night menu, served until 1am. The interior is streets-meets-suppressed—exposed brick and flashes of loud neon contrast with stark industrial felts and gray tiling.