The owners of Mercadito and Tavernita (pictured) plan to open a third Chicago… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Mercadito Hospitality, which owns Mercadito and Tavernita in River North, has signed on for a new restaurant inside the Gold Coast's Talbott Hotel.
If the new restaurant stays in Mercadito's Latin wheelhouse, the project will mark a shift in cuisine for the hotel. Most recently, the hotel's restaurant space was occupied by Italian-inspired Bice, which closed several months ago and reopened as The Restaurant at the Talbott Hotel, also serving Italian fare.
The unnamed restaurant is due to open this fall, but the space won't sit idle during renovations. Instead, look for a pop-up restaurant called PT (the initials of Mercadito chef Patricio Sandoval) to take up residence sometime this month with seating for 50 inside and 100 outside.
Latin-inspired American dishes described in a sample menu released May 1 include Veracruzana-style grilled fish with corn-cherry tomato salad, a shrimp po' boy sandwich with sriracha-garlic aioli and smoked whitefish dip with serrano chilis. PT will also offer an all-you-can-eat option every night, ranging from tortas on Tuesdays to peel-your-own shrimp on Saturday.
PT also plans to hop on the hot-chefs-serving-soft-serve-ice-cream trend, to add to Rick Bayless' Xoco, Graham Elliot's Grahamwich and Bill Kim's Belly Shack.
Cocktail pros Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay of Tipplings Bros. designed the drinks at Mercadito and Tavernita and will do the same at PT, only drink offerings will change daily.
For more info, keep an eye on ptpopup.com or follow @PTPopUp on Twitter.