Storefront Company: Wicker Park's Restaurant With "Kitchen Counter," Interactive Dining Experience for Small Groups

By Jenny Berg March 9, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

Photo: Brian Willette

Storefront Company opened in Wicker Park's 100-year-old Flat Iron building Friday. From the team behind Debonair Social Club, the venue specializes in what owners call “farm cuisine and modern cooking.” At a four-seat area known as the Kitchen Counter, which is available by reservation only, chef Bryan Moscatello serves personalized four-course menus that incorporate the day's freshest ingredients or provide a preview of upcoming menu items.

During the meal, the chef interacts with guests and describes his culinary process. Offerings may include quinoa fries with sheep's milk cheese, foie gras with brioche crisps and pickled peaches, or quail with pistachio sausage. Courses come paired with wine. Classic and seasonal cocktails, champagnes, and specialty craft beers are also available.

For larger groups, a semiprivate booth can be reserved for eight, and the entire venue is available for buyout. The 65-seat space, with a 50-foot bar and a mixed-media mural by local artist Gary Weidner, can host receptions for 100.

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