First Taste

Sunnyslope's Spoke & Wheel Off to a Wobbly Start

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out and let you know our initial impressions. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Spoke & Wheel Location: 8525 North Central Avenue Open: One week Eats: Upscale tavern food Price: $11 to $30 per person

Open just one week, and with almost as many bicycles near the front entrance as cars in its parking lot, Spoke & Wheel, Sunnyslope's new bike-friendly restaurant, already has captured the attention of both two- and four-wheeled travelers in the neighborhood.

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Located in the former Dillon's, the restaurant comes courtesy of Wildthyme Restaurant Group, whose associates include Heinrich Stasiuk and chef Mercer Mohr, owners of Timo, their wine bar just north of Spoke & Wheel, and Brick, a gourmet pizzeria downtown.

But Spoke & Wheel has some work to do before it can lose the training wheels.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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