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Joe Fish To Serve Up Seafood Specials in River North

By Janet Rausa Fuller | March 5, 2014 10:03am | Updated on March 5, 2014 10:09am
 Joe Fish, the first seafood restaurant from the Rosebud restaurant group, opens March 2014 in River North.
Joe Fish opening in River North
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RIVER NORTH — The Rosebud restaurant group is taking its turn at seafood.

Joe Fish opens for dinner March 10 at 445 N. Dearborn. It's the first seafood restaurant for the steak- and red sauce-heavy restaurant group.

Rosebud corporate chef Joe Farina promised weekday oyster happy hours and 10 types of oysters shucked daily at the 10-seat oyster bar, as well as two to three crudos and Alaskan king crab flown in five days a week.

Whole branzino, snapper and Dover sole will be deboned tableside. A wood-fired oven will fire up Clams Casino and Lobster Fra Diavolo pizzas.

But, said Farina, "You can't have all fish, you know what I mean?" So there also will be pork chops, rack of lamb and a double-cut ribeye for two on the menu.

Logan Square pie shop Bang Bang is supplying its signature biscuits to the restaurant — to be served with whipped lardo and butter — as well as cheesecake pie and a seasonal pie for the dessert menu.

"Plus, we're doing housemade ricotta with muddled fruit and honey," Farina said. "Also a pineapple polenta upside-down cake. And we're doing a Goose Island root beer float, like a Black Cow with homemade rocky road ice cream."

Joe Fish takes over the former Rosebud Trattoria, where plans for a farm-to-table restaurant never materialized.

The restaurant opens with dinner service only but will add weekend brunch and lunch later, Farina said.