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Parkside Now Open In North Center, Bringing Twists On American Fare From L&M Fine Foods Owner

The restaurant features a 60-seat interior and a 40-seat patio. It'll serve twists on classic American fare.

Parkside's interior at 4356 N. Leavitt St.
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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.

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Parkside’s interior at 4356 N. Leavitt St.

“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.

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Chef Justin Kaialoa riffs on classics like beef tartare – his prepared with chimichurri, sprinkled with cheddar and served on a hash brown.

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.

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The blood and honey cocktail by Robert Shamblin is made with blended Scotch, ginger-honey, lemon, and a tawny port.

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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Parkside’s summer 2021 cocktail menu.
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Parkside’s beer and wine menu.
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Parkside’s summer 2021 dinner menu.

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