Bobby, Augie and Tim Arifi, owners of Bobby's Restaurant Group (Bobby's Deerfield and Cafe Lucci in Glenview), have opened their second Bobby's restaurant location in the new ELEVATE residential building, at 2518 N. Lincoln Ave. The bi-level American bistro boasts a seasonal menu with an emphasis on USDA certified Prime steaks, fresh seafood from around the world, handmade pastas and scratch made desserts. The bar features classic, craft and exclusive barrel-aged cocktails along with a wine list.
The Arifis, who opened Bobby’s Deerfield six years ago, were approached by one of the restaurant’s frequent diners, Dan Slack, principal at Baker Development, to open his favorite North Shore restaurant in his new Lincoln Park building, ELEVATE. “When Dan asked if we’d like to open a Bobby’s in the city it was an instant ‘Yes’. We couldn’t be more excited to fulfill our dream and be a part of the Lincoln Park neighborhood,” comments Bobby.
As guests arrive at Bobby’s Lincoln Park they will come face-to-face with a massive custom mural created by Miami-based artist Gregory Christakis. The 8 by 6 foot piece pays homage to Bobby and Augie’s late father and restaurateur. The first floor of Bobby’s houses an intimate bar, dining room seating 130 guests and a private room accommodating up to 30 people. The second level showcases another private room with seating up to 40 guests, secured with electric doors for the most remote dining events.
Bobby’s brother, Executive Chef Augie Arifi, and Chef de Cuisine Miguel Solorio stay true to the Deerfield location’s signature dishes along with a selection of items that are exclusive to the Lincoln Park outpost. Menu highlights include:
Duck Wings, smoked, roasted, sweet and spicy Thai sauce
Scallops, sea scallops, cauliflower potato puree, paprika, burnt butter, micro greens, orange zest
Octopus Carpaccio, California extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon confit
The Mark Miller (serves two) cut up half chicken, 12 oz. skirt steak, Italian sausage, olive oil, garlic, white wine, red bell peppers, spicy pepperoncini peppers, basil
Pappardelle Rabbit white wine braised rabbit, rosemary, root vegetables, Parmigiano Reggiano
Bobby’s Burger, chuck, beef brisket and short rib blend burger, Gouda cheese, alfalfa sprout, tomato, red onion, ketchup, mayo, spicy brown mustard, hand cut fries
The Bar at Bobby’s offers classic cocktails, boutique spirits and hard to find wines. Highlights include:
150+ selections of wines by the bottle
30 selections of wines by the glass
120+ boutique spirits
Journeyman Manhattan Journeyman Last Feather rye whiskey, Artisanal Rouge Vermouths, Bittermens orange bitters, Angostura Bitters; Aged in a Journeyman rye whiskey barrel, strained or over a large cube, Marasca cherry
Small Batch Old Fashioned Basil Hayden’s Small Batch Bourbon, Demerara sugar, Angostura Bitters, stirred, strained, flamed orange & lemon peel, large cube, Marasca cherry
Ultimate Margarita Avion Reposado Tequila, Torres Spanish orange liqueur, agave nectar, lime juice, smoked sea salt, Tequila floater
Bobby’s Lincoln Park is now open. Hours of operation include Monday-Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4-11 p.m; and Sunday 4-9 p.m. Bobby’s serves dinner only followed by lunch launching in December.