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A glimpse of Gary Weidner's mural at Wicker Park's Storefront Company.
Gary Weidner's flower mural hangs over the banquette at Storefront Company.
If the sprawling black-and-white flower mural in the new Wicker Park restaurant Storefront Company looks familiar, maybe it's because you remember work by the same Chicago artist--painter Gary Weidner--splashed all over the big screen during Jennifer Aniston's gallery scenes in the 2006 Chicago-filmed The Break-Up.
The mural at the Flatiron Building restaurant is largely responsible for the chicly minimal effect of the most sophisticated outing yet from owners Steve Harris and Claudia Gassel (the duo behind Debonair Social Club). With meats brought in from regional farms (beef from CDK Angus in Lena, Illinois; lamb from Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms in Delavan, Wisconsin) and an intriguing weekend brunch starting April 7, Storefront is a step beyond Harris's and Gassel's nightlife roots.
We checked out the polished farm-to-table concept on a recent weeknight and found the food by Bryan Moscatello (a Food & Wine best new chef in 2003) to be as much of a draw as the art.
The already lauded quinoa "fries" with sheep's-milk cheese ($7) have a crispy-outside/soft-inside texture that's more delicate and creamy than any actual French fry. But the standout dish of our visit was the duck entrée ($28)--seared breast paired with confit leg and a side of tender escarole, airy Parisian gnocchi and the tart twist of warm whole blackberries--which was rich, complex and beautifully presented.
It may not be farmers'-market season just yet, but in the meantime, we'll be back to Storefront for our just-picked fix.
Storefront Company, 1941 W. North Ave.; 773-661-2609 or thestorefrontcompany.com
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