For two years Carl Choate’s small wine bar on East Avenue in Riverside was a hidden gem, a cozy place to grab a decent glass of wine and some tasty small plates. The first actual “bar” ever to open in Riverside, Parallel 42 closed down in 2007.
But Choate confirmed last week that’s he’s planning to open a new business in his old location at 34 East Ave. – he hopes by July 4.
Details are still being worked out, said Choate on June 2, but the new, as-yet unnamed business will “be the same concept” as Parallel 42.
“I’m playing around with the menu more,” said Choate, who lives in Riverside and is an auxiliary police officer for the village.
“Hopefully, in another week I’ll have some time to plan the kitchen and menu,” Choate said. “My goal is by July 4th to have the opening.”
Since closing up Parallel 42 four years ago, Choate has remained in the restaurant industry, working as a bartender and managing the beverage programs at Il Poggiolo and Nabuki restaurants in Hinsdale.
Choate has submitted a liquor license application to the village of Riverside. The village board of trustees at their meeting on Monday night had the first reading of an ordinance that would create the liquor license for Choate’s new business. Trustees will vote to approve the license on June 20.
“Welcome back,” said Trustee Ben Sells.
In April, Choate formed a limited liability corporation called Choate Enterprise, according to records found on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website.
Choate, who was present at Monday’s village board meeting but did not address the board, told the Landmark that he already has been working to prepare the space for business.