NORTH CENTER — The wait is almost over for The Northman.
In a statement released Wednesday, managing partner Aaron Zacharias pegged a February open for the cider bar, nearly two years to the date after the bistro/pub was first announced.
The exact date is yet to be determined.
The Northman, 4337 N. Lincoln Ave., is the latest venture from Zacharias and his team, who also operate Fountainhead and The Bar on Buena. The cider bar occupies the former home of Jury's and the blink-and-you-missed-it Copper House. (As homage, Northman's "Judge Renault" is a play on Jury's Judge Burger.)
The bar will have 18 ciders on draft and more than 80 in cans and bottles. The craft beer selection will include six taps and another 20 in cans and bottles.
The Northman will be open for lunch and dinner, with a menu developed by Cleetus Friedman, who also helms the kitchen at Fountainhead.
Dishes draw their inspiration from French and English bistro fare, with an emphasis on foods that pair well with ciders, like cider-braised onion soup and escargots with cider butter, as well as an extensive number of cheese offerings.
"We cannot wait for diners to explore our menu and find their spirit cheese," Friedman said in a statement.
Waiting is something Northman followers know a little something about, with the cider bar last teasing a summer 2015 open, prompting one doubting Thomas to quip on social media: "I'm retiring in 20 years. Will you be open in time for my party?"
"We'd wait forever," said another, "we just don't want to have to."
Mark your calendars for February. Probably.
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