NORTH CENTER — Parkside, the latest restaurant from L&M Fine Foods owner Rebecca Goldfarb, opened this week in North Center.
After hosting private events earlier this week, Parkside officially opened to the public Wednesday. Goldfarb previously told Block Club she was in a “sprint” to open the restaurant at 4356 N. Leavitt St. before the end of summer.
“I’m extremely excited about the space and the team,” Goldfarb said. “I have a special affinity for this neighborhood, having L&M Fine Foods across the street. I can’t wait for people to come experience what we’ve created with a full-service restaurant and to share our knowledge and excitement about the food and ingredients.”
The 60-seat interior includes a mix of banquettes, tables and bar seating. Parkside also has a 40-seat patio.
Parkside is open 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sundays.
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The spot was previously occupied by Monty Gaels, which closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Goldfarb signed a lease in October to take over the space and reopen it as Parkside Restaurant and Cafe.
Parkside’s menu features playful takes on American fare with a heavy focus on ingredient-driven and domestically sourced products. The restaurant is growing its own herbs and culturing butter in house.
“We’re working with some of our purveyors for L&M to get items that are unique to us. The beer collaborations with Dutchbag, Bold Dog and Empirical are a great example,” Goldfarb said.
The kitchen will be headed by Justin Kaialoa, formerly of The Bristol and Violet Hour and a 2020 Jean Banchet finalist.
Robert Shamblin, formerly of BLVD and Rose Mary, has crafted the opening cocktail program, which mimics the spirit of the food in its playfulness and interpretations of American classics.
Beverage director Allassandra Ventola rounds out the drinks menu with an international wine list featuring 50 wines with an emphasis on biodynamic, female and single estate producers as well as special collaboration beers on tap.
Parkside’s summer 2021 drinks and dinner menus:
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