Paul Kahan’s Gold Coast Restaurant Nico Opens in December

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Kahan has a lot of pans and pots on the fire.
Kahan has a lot of pans and pots on the fire. Photo: Kent Miller/James Beard Foundation

Avec and Blackbird chef-owner Paul Kahan tells the Chicago Tribune that his forthcoming restaurant at the Thompson Chicago hotel in the Gold Coast will be called Nico, and it will serve a seafood-heavy Italian menu. Avec’s chef de cuisine, Erling Wu-Bower, will switch kitchens and oversee a menu featuring "handmade pastas, crostinis, crudos and grilled seafood."

Kahan has a lot of pans and pots on the fire.
Kahan has a lot of pans and pots on the fire. Photo: Kent Miller/James Beard Foundation

Kahan, who tied with David Chang to win this year’s James Beard Foundation award for Outstanding Chef, is right now traveling with Wu-Bower and other team members on a ten-day food-finding mission through Puglia, and says that, despite its tony neighborhood setting, the bi-level, 125-seat Nico will be imbued with "unpretentious elegance."

Paul Kahan and Co. readies Nico, an Italian seafood restaurant in Gold Coast [Chicago Tribune]
Earlier: Paul Kahan To Open On Rush Street, But Avec New York Still Far Off
Related: Paul Kahan Ties With David Chang For Outstanding Chef; Izard, Aviary Winners
This post has been corrected to show that Nico opens in December.