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Twain, New Logan Square Restaurant From Husband-And-Wife Team, To Open On Milwaukee Ave. This Week

On the menu is an array of Midwestern dishes such as vegetable crudite, beer cheese soup and Mississippi mud pie.

(from left) Husband-and-wife team Tim Graham and Rebekah Graham teamed up with restaurateur Branko Palikuca on Twain at 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Husband-and-wife team Tim and Rebekah Graham are putting the finishing touches on Twain, the latest eatery to join Logan Square’s booming restaurant and bar scene.

Named after Mark Twain and inspired by Tim Graham’s Missouri roots, the restaurant at 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave. is set to open Friday, according to a spokesman. Check the restaurant’s social media pages and website for an exact time and date.

On the menu is an array of Midwestern dishes like vegetable crudite, beer cheese soup and Mississippi mud pie — many of them made using family recipes passed down through generations. Patrons can also expect cocktails like the “Jelly Jar,” inspired by jams and jellies in vintage cookbooks, and a wide selection of wine.

Over the last several months, the couple has been busy converting the space — the former home of an auto garage — into a “whimsically designed” restaurant featuring images of Mark Twain and murals showcasing the beauty of the Mississippi River, according to a news release.

Formerly the chef at River North’s Travelle, Tim Graham will man the kitchen, while Rebekah Graham will serve as beverage director and sommelier. Stephanie Bishop was tapped to to be pastry chef.

The couple partnered with restaurateur Branko Palikuca, co-owner of The Dawson, Topaz Café and Citrine Café, on the restaurant.

Twain is the latest establishment to open in the 2400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

Plans to open a restaurant with a “high roller casino culture” theme just a couple doors down surfaced last week.

Situated across the street is the newly-opened boozy Taco Bell. Cocktail bars Estereo, Deadbolt, Pink Squirrel and ramen joint Furious Spoon have all opened on the stretch in recent years. Plus, the historic Hollander building was just sold to a developer who’s planning to redevelop both the building and the site next to it.