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Set To Open In October, Andersonville Pastoral Will Include New Restaurant

pastoral1The napkins sit wrinkled and the wine glasses are empty, the plates long since scraped clean of that evening’s meal. But dinner doesn’t necessarily have to end when you walk out of Appellation, a wine bar and restaurant that will be located inside Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine. Both are set to open in Andersonville in early October.

As co-owner/co-founder Greg O’Neill explained on Friday, those who try a delicious slice of cheese or supple glass of wine in Appellation will be able to purchase those exact items in Pastoral. That’s because he and co-owner/co-founder Ken Miller want their patrons to benefit from a seamless relationship between the retail and restaurant sides of their business.

“We started with this concept in Lakeview by opening Bar Pastoral next to and connected to our Broadway store, and what we learned was there was great synergy between retail and the restaurant,” he said. “If someone tried a wine that they like in the bistro, we have that available for them to take home from retail. Similarly, sometimes somebody sees what we have in the retail store and wants to take that home, but in the restaurant they” get to see all the same products in the scenario we would like to see them in. “It is meant to be an extension of the whole experience,” he added.

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, and Appellation, will be located in the former Urban Orchard at 5212 N. Clark St. The wine bar and restaurant will seat 75 people within a 3,800-square-foot space that will include a full-service kitchen. Diners will be able to try wine, craft beer and craft cocktails that aim to perfectly pair with the establishment’s cheese, charcuterie and dinner cuisine.

Leading menu development and overseeing the new, full-service restaurant will be Chef Jessica “Jesse” Williams, who had served as Pastoral’s cheesemonger. She attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Previously, in Chicago, she spent nearly four years as Birchwood Kitchen’s Head Chef and also worked at Lula Cafe, Floriole Bakery and Uncommon Ground.

“Jesse’s style of cooking perfectly aligns with Pastoral’s culinary vision,” O’Neill said. “She believes in celebrating the origins of the food we serve and the families and farmers who produce them. Her approach is our approach; highest quality seasonal ingredients prepared simply yet wonderfully to highlight their flavors.”

“I’m excited to return to work with the passionate team at Pastoral in this new role as Chef of Appellation,” Williams said. “My approach to the menu is simple and straight-forward, focusing on rustic, seasonally driven and delicious dishes where I let the ingredients — and, of course, the cheese — do the talking.”

Mark Wrobel, who is in charge of Pastoral’s beverage program, will work closely with Williams to best pair food and drinks.

O’Neill and Miller opened their first Pastoral store in Lakeview in 2004 because they lived there and there was a lot of foot traffic that they knew would be good for business, O’Neill said. But Andersonville had always been on their radar because of its vibrant community and tendency to attract visitors from both inside and outside the neighborhood.

“Also, it’s an adjacent market to where our brand is already strong,” he added. “There are a lot of people who know who we are in Andersonville, and it just seems like a logical extension of our business. We look at ourselves as a neighborhood business in a big city, rather than as a large chain. We really are more accessible and community focused.”

Between 70 and 75 percent of Pastoral’s customers are residents from the lakefront neighborhoods, he said. While the owners knew that customers with an international focus would likely be interested in what the store and restaurant had to offer, they also found that Pastoral’s appeal broadly matches a variety of age groups and incomes depending on the situation. Wines are set at both higher and lower price points, and customers can purchase smaller items like danishes for breakfast or sandwiches for lunch. Along with cut-to-order domestic and international specialty cheeses and freshly baked breads, they can also purchase custom gift baskets. Artisan catering is also available.

Appellation will be open for dinner and, when the space is not open during the day, customers will be able to use that space to eat items they purchase from Pastoral for breakfast or lunch.

“We’re looking forward to opening and getting to know the neighborhood, and I think we will have a bunch of events as we open to welcome people in the space,” O’Neill said. “We are very much looking forward to being an active part of the Andersonville/Edgewater community.”

Pastoral’s other locations include 2945 N. Broadway; 53 E. Lake St.; and Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton St. In 2012, the company also opened Bar Pastoral, an award winning, Michelin Guide recommended cheese and wine bistro located at 2947 N. Broadway.

For more information about Pastoral, visit pastoralartisan.com.

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