This week we learned that David Posey (Blackbird) and his pastry whiz wife, Anna (Publican), have chosen a name for their firstborn restaurant: Elske (1350 W. Randolph St., West Loop). (Tribune reports the romantic backstory.)
The concept is still in its infancy—the couple hopes to open by mid-summer—but Dish nabbed a few additional details. Here, a by-the-numbers primer:
0: Menu items David has decided upon at this point. What he does know is that his creations will be seasonal, and made with modern technique. For now, he’s dubbing it “New American.” “Food will be very seasonal and very last-minute,” he says. “I will write the menu as late as possible so I can work with farmers [to secure in-season ingredients].”
1: Years the former One Off Hospitality Group power couple has been married. (The sparks first flew in 2011 when Anna began her pastry career as an intern at Blackbird.)
2: Floors at the restaurant. There will be seating for 55 on the main floor. Upstairs will primarily be used for private dining and feature a small bar and large communal table.
3: The level of the building where the Poseys have their office and residence. Talk about a stress-free commute.
(Skipping ahead a bit to) 8: Courses on the tasting menu. Portion size will increase with each course and include vegetables, fish, meat, and two desserts (made by Anna, of course).
9: Items on the compact à la carte menu—six savory dishes and three desserts.
10: Years ago that David started at Blackbird. You’ve come a long way, Chef!