The Bentley: Scotch and Oysters at a 50-Seat Marble Bar

Chef Ian Flowers will run the kitchen at the neighborhood restaurant, set to open this August in the old Lucca’s location.

Photo by rob culpepper

Ian Flowers will soon light up the burners at Lake View’s new brasserie The Bentley.

The Bentley (2834 N. Southport Ave., no phone yet) is looking to launch the first week in August. Previously home to Lucca’s, the space experienced a quick facelift under the direction of New York­–based owner Brian Dohmen. A new marble bar and seating for up to 50 will get things started at the American tavern, with plans for a 50-seat patio on the way.

Chef Ian Flowers (Lokal) has designed a moderately-priced appetizer and entrée menu, with snack-size options for those just needing a nosh. He describes the feel of the brasserie-type restaurant as “very neighborhoody.”

“Not that the Chicago market is completely lacking in that, but there is a niche there that we a going to try to fill,” says Flowers.

Expect staples such as steak frites, burgers, and oysters. Special flourishes such as house-prepared charcuterie and a dessert of dark chococlate ganache served with port cherries and candied orange give the menu a decadent boost.

The full bar will deliver craft cocktails along with a decent selection of single barrel whiskeys and malt scotches. Flowers hopes to stock the beer list with locally sourced brews.

The Bentley will offer night owls a new snack spot, with the last reservation for dinner around 11 p.m. and a late-night menu available afterward.

 

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