A new restaurant and wine bar in Andersonville opened on the strip this past weekend offering a diverse selections of wines, cocktails and specialty plates to pair with your drinks.
The property that used to house Adriatic Cafe Restaurant at 5553 N. Clark has sprung back to life with Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar. Owner Lindsey Anderson is not new to the restaurant scene but this will be her first solo project. She graduated from Kendall College with a Hospitality Degree and currently is an instructor there in the Wine Professional Program.
Anderson says that the wine and food offerings showcase both old world and new world selections with approachable prices. They will offer 3 oz., 6 oz., and 9 oz. pour options so people can build their own flight and pair with different food items. They will also offer higher end wines at half bottle pricing to make it more affordable for customers to try famous wine makers from around the world.
A full bar will be on hand with cocktails that are “wine-centric.” They will carry a wide selection of local beer and will have prosecco on draft.
The menu consists of diverse cuisine options that are similar to tapas and meant to be shared among fiends at your table. It is divided into three different categories: earth, sea and farm. Chef Rafael Lopez, who worked at Avenues at the Peninsula and was the Executive Chef at Schuba’s, has crafted a menu that is influenced by different cultures we find in Chicago including Asian, Latin and Italian. Anderson describes the food as traditional with a modern flair. There are plenty of vegetarian options as well.
“We recommend about four items for every two people,” said Anderson. “Because we offer the 3 oz. wine pour option, you can switch up different wines with different dishes. We are about the experience and trying everything instead of being limited to just one glass of wine and one entree.”
They did a full build-out including a kitchen overhaul and offer a completely new look to the 3,000 sq. ft. space. The old world/new world concept that you find in the menu is carried over to interior such as modern teal wallpaper and velvet bankettes that are teamed up with antique furniture purchased from Salvage One. The decor creates a cozy and friendly atmosphere that allows people to mingle and enjoy their experience.
“One of the reasons why I opened the restaurant was because I wanted to focus on hospitality and have that interaction with my guests,” said Anderson. “It is really important to me to build a great culture here. To be here everyday and actively involved in the community.”
Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar is open Monday through Saturday at 5 p.m. Starting the first weekend in August, they will be serving Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An outdoor patio is planned for next Summer, but may arrive sooner in the Fall.