WEST LOOP — Boka Restaurant Group is unveiling its newest concept — a casual seafood restaurant — in the Google building Thursday.
The 60-seat restaurant will serve a "simple, yet sophisticated menu" developed by Swift & Sons executive chef Chris Pandel, featuring fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, snacks and sides.
Cold Storage will offer daily specials that highlight a selection of seven or eight fresh fish options sourced from across the country, and are offered grilled, steamed, fried or a la plancha.
Additional menu items include:
• Small, medium or large shellfish towers
• East Coast and West Coast oysters
• Smoked whitefish dip
• Carpetbagger beef and oyster tartare
• Grilled walleye sandwich with spicy peppers
• Octopus with ‘Nduja
The seafood platter at Cold Storage, Boka Restaurant Group's new concept inside Swift & Sons in the West Loop. [Kailley Lindman]
Executive pastry chef Meg Galus developed the spot's dessert menu, which features an assortment of shakes, malts and sundaes, including the Brown Cow with vanilla bean ice cream and root beer cake, or the Cracker Jack with popcorn ice cream, butterscotch ice cream, peanut butter blondie, caramel corn and peanuts.
Kevin Boehm, co-owner of Boka Restaurant Group, said the casual seafood at Cold Storage is a "natural complement" to the menu at Swift & Sons.
“We wanted to create a place that diners could come and enjoy anything from a quick, casual lunch, to pre-dinner drinks, or a late-night meal," Boehm said.
Cold Storage will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Fried smelt at Cold Storage, Boka Restaurant Group's new concept in Swift & Sons in the West Loop. [Kailley Lindman]
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