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A new restaurant opening next month on Central Street will bring back the name of the first dining establishment in the area.

Ten Mile House, named after the tavern opened in the 1830s by Major Edward H. Mulford in south Evanston, roughly where St. Francis Hospital is now, will offer, its owners say, “thoughtful comfort food and drinks in a vibrant, welcoming setting.”

The name is derived from the tavern’s approximate distance from the Chicago River on the old Green Bay Trail, which means the new location, a couple miles further north, turns the name into a bit of a misnomer.

But despite that, the owners plan to serve an extensive menu at the new 1700 Central St. location in the Central Station apartment building featuring wood fired pizza, smoked meats and a diverse selection of comfort food classics and healthy fare.

The 3,500 square foot restaurant includes a 110-seat dining room, 25-seat bar and 50-seat outdoor patio, open seasonally. The design features rich maple and walnut accents, subway tile and a large open kitchen.

Restaurateurs and native North Shore residents Robert LaPata, Joe Krouse and Fredric Gale are partners in the venture.

LaPata is the founder and principal of Forefront Hospitality – a restaurant consulting, hospitality and management firm located in Chicago. Krouse is owner of West Town’s popular neighborhood restaurant Unite Urban Grill, and Gale is a partner in several East Coast restaurants.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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