More than seven years after it debuted in Lakeview, modern Mexican restaurant Barcosina will soon unveil a larger Westtown outpost. Best known for its spacious yard near Wrigley Field, the company will open a second location in early October at 1814 W. near the corner of Chicago Street and Wood Street.
Chicago goers have soared since Barcocina first opened in 2015, especially when it comes to innovative Mexican cuisine. While Rick Bayless established a base in downtown Chicago, the genre gained more visibility after launching Diana Dávila’s juggernaut Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square and Carlos Gaytán’s Tzuco in North River. The city’s general energy and enthusiasm for creative approaches has forced restaurants across the city, including Barcocina, to up their game.
The new restaurant team hopes to highlight that growth with a sharing-focused menu that features long hits like yuca tots, shrimp firecrackers, and new options, some of which have been Lakeview tested, like strawberry ceviche scallop bites, and hibiscus “caviar.” At customer service in Lakeview, Executive Chef Ramiro Piza also plans to break with tradition by starting things with an Oktoberfest-style taco that features jalapeño sausage.
“We like to think of tacos as a vessel,” says Adam Webb, general manager of Barcosina Westown. “[They allow] We showcase a wide range of different cuisines by knowing and loving a dish we all know very well.”
The building has seen major changes including a 230-seat patio 50 percent larger than the Lake View site, Webb says. It will have two rods, one of which can be completely enclosed so that it can work all year round – a reaction to epidemic life. The cocktail list isn’t finished yet, but patrons can expect a selection of about 40 different tequilas, as well as a variety of cocktails (by glass or pitcher), draft beer, and wine.
West Town is home to a competitive restaurant scene with new contenders, including the upcoming seafood-focused Big Star Mariscos from One Off Hospitality, which is seeking to carve out its own space in the neighborhood. But for Tecalitlan fans, recent startups and expanding groups have big shoes to fill. The second generation owners, Carla Garcia and Juan Carlos Garcia Jr., were forced to move when the restaurant’s lease contract expired and the owner sought to sell the building. They have since started a new chapter in Lincoln Park.
Barcocin West Town, 1814 W. Chicago Avenue, scheduled to open in early October.