LOGAN SQUARE — A farm-to-table restaurant focused on pasta is taking over the former Analogue bar on Milwaukee Avenue.
Owner and chef Joe Frillman is behind Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., which he is expecting to open in March or April.
Much of the food will be sourced from Frillman Farms, which is owned by Frillman's younger brother, Tim. Located in Prairie View, the farm is known for its freshly laid eggs and grows more than 25 varieties of Heirloom tomatoes.
"So many restaurants in this neighborhood are iconic and getting better every day, and I'd like to contribute to that," Frillman said.
Originally from suburban Buffalo Grove, Frillman has lived in Logan Square for as long as he's lived in the city, which is about a decade. The chef has worked everywhere from Balena and The Bristol to, most recently, Perennial Virant. At each restaurant, Frillman focused on cooking handmade pastas and using locally-sourced ingredients.
"I haven't purchased a noodle in a decade," he said with a laugh.
Daisies is Frillman's first restaurant. The menu will include a variety of unique pasta dishes like square spaghetti with cauliflower Bolognese and sweet potato tortellini for anywhere between $12-18. Drink-wise, Frillman is planning to offer shrubs and shims, which are vinegar-based and lighter cocktails, as well as wine by the glass.
Ahead of the opening, Frillman is making mostly cosmetic changes to the space. He wants Daisies to be a casual neighborhood spot for newcomers and longtime residents alike.
"We want to make it very approachable for everybody," he said.
The bar was originally opened by owners Henry Prendergast and Robby Haynes, who were veterans from the highly-acclaimed Wicker Park cocktail bar Violet Hour. The duo initially focused on drinks, but moved in the direction of Cajun/Creole food under chef Alfredo Nogueira.
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