BOYSTOWN — A new restaurant in Boystown is taking flight in June.
Lark will replace Halsted's Bar and Grill at 3441 N. Halsted St. next month. Owners of Halsted's closed the 12-year-old Boystown mainstay in February, promising a "new concept we believe is better suited for the neighborhood."
Diners at Lark will be able to watch chefs prepare pizzas in the Mugnaini wood-fired oven or enjoy craft cocktails, wine and 10 tap beers at the handcrafted wood bar — a big get from the former Cullen's on Southport Avenue, which is undergoing its own renovations.
Lark's menu is inspired by Italian dishes and American cuisine, with entrees like Sriracha barbecue ribs with salsa verde and smoked chicken Parpardelle with roasted red peppers and goat cheese.
The restaurant will also feature pasta, sandwiches, salads and a weekend brunch. Chefs Bernardo Ibarra and Kaz Medhat, who have presided over Girl and the Goat and Magnolia Cafe, will lead Lark's kitchen.
"Our goal is to add our combined experience to bring great flavors to simple dishes," Medhat said.
Renovations took just over three months and included exposed brick and handcrafted wooden details. Thirteen large-screen televisions will surround the dining area, while a working fireplace will create a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere.
Lark also touts a huge patio out back with seats for almost 100 people, in addition to the 90 seats inside the 2,400-square-foot restaurant.
"Our goal is to provide the neighborhood a go-to place to relax over dinner and drinks in a casual, comfortable setting every night of the week," said Mark Liberson, president of LKH Management.
The company also runs Hydrate, Replay, Elixir Lounge and the trio of bars at Belmont and Halsted — Manhole, The Den and SEVEN. Last year, the group opened Andersonville locations of Replay and Elixir.
Lark will be open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays, with brunch service on weekends.
Late-night pizza and other limited options will be available from 10 p.m. to close. Lark will also offer delivery through GrubHub.
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