If all goes as planned, John Bubala will open Baccala, his Piedmont-inspired restaurant, in his old Thyme Cafe space on Milwaukee Avenue at around 6pm tomorrow evening. To those of you who remember Bubala primarily from his Thyme days and wonder what he’s been up to, pay better attention! He’s been running Timo to some acclaim for a while now, and Baccala appears to be the final step in transforming his restaurant empire from nouveau French to rustic Italian. To accomplish this, he chose the cuisine of the Piedmont region, whose ingredients, flavorings and cooking philosophies are not so dissimilar from what Bubala has worked with in the past. Check out the write-ups at Metromix and Time Out; we’ll be watching this one.
1540 N Milwaukee Ave | Btwn N Honore St & N Damen Ave