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Pastoral Artisan Opens In Andersonville, Will Carry Local Swedish Delicacies

xSIK8dmYZ7bor_Q5rNttyPAjRkp8wOKI2_MkS6JzeX8Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and its Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant will officially open in Andersonville today at 5212 N. Clark St.

The long-awaited reveal will include retail and wine bar sales starting at 4 p.m. followed by dinner starting at 5 p.m. for walk-ins only. No reservations will be taken at this time, Aaron Brost, president of Ro-Bro Marketing & PR Inc., said Wednesday night.

The 3,800-square-foot space was designed by Chicago-based Moss Design and includes a hybrid retail area and a 75-seat wine bar and restaurant.

“We couldn’t be more excited or proud to unveil this unique retail location, complete with a wine bar and restaurant, to the vibrant Andersonville community,” said Greg O’Neill, co-owner/co-founder, with Ken Miller, of Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. 

“With two exciting concepts under one roof, we look forward to welcoming guests to this new neighborhood European-style breakfast, gourmet lunch, dinner, and wine destination that will make shopping for and enjoying artisan food and wine enlightening, approachable, fun and delicious.”

According to a press release, Pastoral will provide multiple interactive stations including a specialty cheese bar, gourmet accompaniments, sandwich and salad stand, and an extensive wine offering that will showcase wine at approachable price points as well as coveted benchmark or premium-priced wines. 


Owners Greg O’Neill and Ken Miller

It will also feature high quality, handcrafted products, including charcuterie, freshly baked breads, small production wines, craft beers and spirits, custom gift baskets, and artisan catering. 

The retail area will offer traditional Swedish dishes that the neighborhood has come to appreciate from renowned, but now closed, Wikstrom’s Gourmet. Pastoral will carry delicacies from Marie Wikstrom, the daughter of Wikstrom Gourmet’s founder. These will include cheeses, summer sausages, pickled herring and homemade lingonberry-cherry jam.

Appellation, a bistro within Pastoral, will be led by Chef Jesse Williams. The former head chef of Birchwood Kitchen and Lula Café veteran trained under Jason Hammel and attended the Culinary Institute of America. 

It will feature a menu that includes dishes like egg noodles with milk-braised pork shoulder ragu, carrots, leeks, fennel and olives; roasted chicken thigh, mustard vinegar sauce, cornichons, cippolini and raclette mashed potatoes; and dill ricotta gnudi with preserved lemon, beets, hazelnuts, butter and pantaleo.

Pastoral will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant will begin serving European-style breakfast in mid-November.

Appellation will offer Bar Bites beginning at 4 p.m. every day and dinner seven days a week starting at 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, dinner will be served until 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The wine bar will close at midnight Mondays through Thursdays, at 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and at 11 p.m. on Sundays. Saturday and Sunday brunch service will begin in mid-November.

For more information about Pastoral, visit pastoralartisan.com.

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