Danzón Restaurante is Chef Geno Bahena’s latest creation on Milwaukee Avenue, taking over the space most recently occupied by Fiesta Uno, and El Pollo Loco before that, at the northeast corner of Milwaukee and Sawyer Avenues. A soft opening is underway as of an hour or two ago.
The furnishings will remind you of the former Fiesta Uno, but the space has been dressed up a bit to go “hip-casual” with new design elements and more intimate lighting, for example.
With limited capital outlay for the space then, I hope that the restaurant will thrive based on its food, a dance of Latin flavors.
For those that remember, the Frontera Grill/Topolobampo trained chef’s previous Milwaukee Avenue endeavors are the shuttered Ixcapuzalco and Real Tenochtitlán, which lives on without him. Both restaurants, as well as others Chef Geno has opened around Chicago, received many praises for the food.
Immediately catching my eye on this month’s menu is a scallop ceviche appetizer. While not a mole-focused menu, for those attached to Chef Geno’s moles, there’s a duck breast with Mole de Espinaca y Pistache to try this month. And there’s an intriguing chocolate! tamal for dessert.
An official “grand opening” will take place next week, and after taking the time necessary to establish the restaurant, Chef Geno plans to start up some cooking classes as well. That, too, will be good for increased foot traffic in this part of Milwaukee Avenue.
¡Buen provecho! Let us know what you think of the new place.