Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Harbor Officially Opens at Former Gioco Space on Wabash (1312 S. Wabash)

Another big opening for the Sloop (via Eater):
A beloved South Loop restaurant space will roar once more starting on Monday night when Harbor opens at 1312 S. Wabash Avenue. The restaurant pays homage to the Great Lakes and its owners’s passion for sailing. Harbor replaces Gioco, an Italian restaurant that lasted 19 years before closing in May 2018. The opening is a big deal for South Loop residents eager for more neighborhood restaurants.
Chef-partner Anthony Bernal, formerly of Mastro’s Steakhouse in River North, put together a tight menu that includes lentil falafel, a raw bar, and plenty of lake fish. The kitchen features a wood-fired oven for thin-crust pizza, and fans may be interested in the New Haven, Connecticut-influenced clam pie. The owners — Joe Taylor, Chris Parth, and Adam Ellis — are industry veterans.
The menu looks small, but interesting.  Curious to try it out, but if you've been let us know.

The bones of the restaurant look similar to Gioco, but certainly has a different vibe inside:

As a reminder Gioco closed in May of 2018 after a great run.  Hopefully Harbor follows suit.

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