Steve Barnes reports that a couple of investors are bringing Quintessence back to life. The restaurant had it going on back in the day -- it was in a cool, old-school diner and offered good, interesting, kind-of-funky food. (Our favorite grill staple was the chicken teriyaki with spinach fettucini and salad.)
So, it's great news to hear Quintessence is coming back more-or-less the way it was (though apparently without the 80s
after-hours dance club vibe). But we're a little worried about the location. It's not exactly, well, quintessential. Albany's Park South neighborhood (you know, between Washington Park and AMC, where New Scotland runs into Madison) is kind of rough and parking is hard to find. We'd hate to see history repeat itself.
But, hey, plans have been in the works to redevelop that neighborhood for years -- maybe Quintessence can help shake some things loose.
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