ON OUR RADAR IN 2019

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FAUNTLEROY: The sec­ond restau­rant from the Dan­Dan owners/ chefs is a loose, mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of French cui­sine. Yes, there’s foie gras, es­car­got, pâté, mus­sels and other tra­di­tional-sound­ing things: They’re not try­ing to be Alain Du­casse. The

’70s rock mu­sic (Rolling Stones, Led Zep­pelin) sets a very bois­ter­ous tone in the re­laxed though pol­ished din­ing room. Af­ter its late July open­ing, I’ve given this buzzy restau­rant time to find its foot­ing; ex­pect a re­view in early 2019.

(316 N. Mil­wau­kee St.) DON’S DINER & COCK­TAILS: The 2018 diner is no hole-in-the-wall – as en­joy­able as that ex­pe­ri­ence can be. A sib­ling of Ho­tel Madrid, Movida and oth­ers, Don’s hits the 1950s vibe with a con­tem­po­rary, stylish aes­thetic. And menu-wise, its foun­da­tion is diner-y (break­fast served all day) but with flour­ishes like foie gras on the burger and lamb meat­balls served with a mush­room-truf­fle demi-glace, it sounds like it’s re­defin­ing stereo­types.

(1100 S. First St.) CA’LUCCHENZO: Zak and Sarah Baker, the rock-solid duo at least par­tially re­spon­si­ble for the suc­cess of the Pizza Man em­pire, are adding “restau­ra­teur” to their ré­sumés. They met when both were work­ing for Bar­tolotta Restau­rants, and now in the place where they call all the shots, they plan to deep-dive into homey, rus­tic home­made pas­tas along with apps, soups and sal­ads. With Sarah’s wine-di­rec­tor back­ground, the list of Ital­ian wines should be molto bene.

(6030 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa)

MERGE: Just a few months af­ter open­ing Char’d, the Korean fu­sion re­treat in the Third Ward, the owners an­nounced a sib­ling in the works, this time in the (short-lived) old Yoko­hama digs. Just as the menu is cre­atively spun at Char’d, Merge aims for a re­laxed, counter-ser­vice take on bar food, with a Korean twist. That means Korean fried chicken wings, fried dumplings and (yes, this is Korean street food) corn dogs. In­te­rior de­sign is in­spired by the mu­rals in nearby Black Cat Al­ley. A soft open­ing was set for Nov. 21.

(1932 E. Ke­nil­worth Place)

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