Jason Paskewitz Is Planning a French Spot in Lincoln Park

The as-yet-unnamed restaurant from the former chef of Gemini Bistro and Rustic House will shoot to open near Christmas.

Seared scallops from Jason Paskewitz's forthcoming restaurant   Photo: Neil Burger

Chef Jason Paskewitz, who left the Lincoln Park restaurants Gemini Bistro and Rustic House this past winter, has already planned his resurfacing—he’ll be opening a French brasserie with about 140 seats at 1944 N. Clark Street.

The space hasn’t housed a restaurant before. “It’s in a great old building,” he says. 

Paskewitz cites the menu of the New York restaurant Balthazar as an inspiration, with classic-French dishes such as coq au vin, blanquette de veau, coquilles St.-Jacques, cassoulet, steak frites, trout almondine, and the less prototypical but no less classically flavored concoction in the photo above: seared scallops, poached Prince Edward Island mussels, yellow beet confit, fennel, and Pernod cream. Another detail he hopes to borrow from Balthazar is its attractive bar area, with a zinc bar and brass taps.

Paskewitz hopes to open around Christmas. Joyeux Noël, Parc de Lincoln.

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