The guys behind the North Loop’s Borough and Parlour have opened up shop in Uptown, serving their first rounds this month as the first residents move upstairs into The Walkway apartments.
Their inspirations for the restaurant are local — the jutting pine beams in the private dining area borrow from Borough’s aesthetic, and international — they decided to make a giant chalkboard menu after seeing a similar design in Scotland.
The restaurant features a large central bar surrounded by marble tables, a kitchen-facing counter, and booths with an extra four inches of padding at the lower back, so you can’t slouch. A mezzanine wraps around the 300-seat restaurant.
The menu features novelties like bone marrow (with gremolata, smoked salt, toast) and frog legs (tempura batter with a spicy honey glaze). Entrées like Arctic char, quail and flat iron steak range from $22-$30; pizzas and pastas are $11-$14.
There are no televisions in coup d’état, and that’s intentional.
“It’s not sensory overload,” said co-owner Jacob Toledo. “We’re a food-focused place.”
The restaurant’s two executive chefs are Tyler Shipton and Nick O’Leary of Borough, and the bartender is Parlour’s Jesse Held, a 20-year bartending veteran. When asked for his favorite new creation, Held mentioned Easy Like A Sunday Morning, served in a glass coffee mug with coffee and cocoa liqueur, “an easy-drinking cocktail.”
The Duck, Duck, Grey Duck has a tequila base with an Earl Grey tea infusion, and the Parlour Old-Fashioned made the trip to Uptown, designed to “make the sturdiest of toes curl.”
The restaurant is open daily at 2923 Girard Ave. S. from 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m.