Slow winters helped drive Splash — the long-running Longshore restaurant — out of business.
Pearl at Longshore — the new spot taking its place — hopes to do better. They’re even starting with a wintertime crowd.
Owners Marc Backon, Antonio Ninivaggi and their local investors announced this afternoon they’ll open in February.
They’ve spent months restoring the interior — and kitchen. Executive chef Michael Hazen will serve “sophisticated, seasonally inspired American cuisine” that focuses on “the simplicity and flavors of the ingredients.”
Pearl will offer traditional seafood dishes, grass-fed beef and seasonal produce, with organic, healthy and gluten-free selections. The bar includes craft and micro-brew beers. “Pearl in a Box” is the name of their takeout menu.
Designer Bilal Barakat has “captured the spirit and history of Longshore, and infused it with a rustic chic and cosmopolitan feel.”
Sounds like big changes are ahead for Longshore diners.
But the new owners were smart to leave one thing alone: the view.
Even in February, it’s spectacular.