Madrina to Open in The Shops of Highland Park

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Misery Loves Co. Restaurant Group announces plans to open Madrina, a new fine dining restaurant concept, early this summer at The Shops of Highland Park. The new restaurant will offer guests bold Mexican dishes fused with impeccable French technique, sauces and overall inspiration.

The Madrina menu will reflect Chef Kyle McClelland’s fresh take on modern, authentic Mexican cuisine with a French twist. Menu items, with ingredients sourced from the best purveyors of Mexico and France, will include Hay smoked Foie Gras made with jaggery, plantains, pepita and coconut, Steak Tartare with pickled papayas, dried jicama, capers, shallots and egg yolk and Okra-Bell Pepper Ratatouille with masa crepe.  

The same team spearheaded by James Beard award nominee, Michael Martensen, will serve cocktails inspired by French and Mexican classics. The wine selection will be comprised largely of French varietals with special attention to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Loire Valley regions.

Madrina will provide an elevated dining experience with great emphasis on superior service and attention to detail in each dish and cocktail. Guests each night will have a chance to enjoy a Chef Tasting seating option in which they’ll discover how Chef Kyle prepares each course and will interact with him directly. A secluded wine cellar room will also be available for small, private parties of eight.

In the lounge area of the restaurant, patrons will enjoy tastes from a specialized bar menu composed of mindful and focused drinks including a heavy and hand-picked selection of agave-distilled spirits such as mezcal, tequila from Mexico and Armagnacs, Eau de vies and aperitifs from France. The cantina-style bar area will be an intimate, lively and more casual space with music and drinks flowing.

Misery Loves Co. has partnered with design experts Breckinridge Taylor on the restaurant design, which draws inspiration from Mexico City, Paris and its name, Madrina, meaning “godmother” in Spanish. The space is designed to be a comfortable, home away from home for patrons to enjoy food and drinks with close friends where “everyone feels like family.” A combination of simple and bold design elements will transport guests to old Mexico.

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