When the husband-and-wife chef team Beverly Kim and John Clark took over the now-defunct Bonsoirée in 2012, they fulfilled a dream of working together on a Korean-inspired modern restaurant. Unfortunately, the dream lasted only a few months there, and Bonsoirée closed.
After a year-plus deferral, they’re leaping back into their restaurant-ownership dream, and if you leap, you need a Parachute (3500 N. Elston Ave., Avondale, no phone yet). The 40-seat, liquor-licensed, Korean-American-perspective restaurant is scheduled to open in April.
- 3500 N. Elston Ave.
Kim and Clark say the food will pull together traditional Korean flavors with new and creative ones. “Reminiscent of familiar traditional flavors, but presented in a new creative way,” Kim says. As an example, they offer a crispy mung bean pancake with pork belly, black garlic, and kimchi. The menu breaks down into snacks in the $4 to $7 range, appetizers such as crudos or salads, rice and noodles, and larger plates intended for sharing and costing between $18 and $25.
They also plan a program of breads from Asia. “We have actually mastered . . . well, we’re happy with some recipes we have adapted,” Clark says, modestly. He says they will probably start with Chinese bing bread, a yeast-based, spiraled, pan-fried bread, which they will flavor with potato, bacon, and green onions and serve with a sour-cream butter, as sort of a baked-potato bread.
We didn’t ask them about any kind of plans for expansion, but you know, skydivers do always pack a second parachute.