Cafe Vocar opening in Riverwest on Friday

| Posted on Dec. 17, 2013

                                                     Cafe Vocar photo

Cafe Vocar, a restaurant serving Eastern European and American comfort foods, opens its doors at 932 E. Wright St. to the public on Friday.

Owner Michael Vocar said the restaurant will ease into a full opening. Cafe Vocar will be open three days a week for the first couple months, from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday. It likely will offer Sunday brunch within a month and add Thursday hours in March, he said.

Vocar renovated the 1894 building, which had been a series of shops and a pub before being converted to a four-family apartment building in the early 1980s. He bought it nine years ago, knowing he'd open a restaurant there someday. Vocar also plans to hold cooking classes eventually.

The cafe is decorated with works by local regional artists, Vocar said -- one as close as an upstairs tenant, one as far as Chicago.

The menu will include foods Vocar grew up with in a household with Croatian, Bosnian, Slovenian and Austro-Hungarian roots, like schnitzel, goulash (in photo above) and burek, and simple desserts.

The restaurant also will have sandwiches, like muffaletta, crab cake and a burger.

Prices will range from $12 to $16 for entrees and settle around $10 for sandwiches, with appetizers at $5 and desserts at $4.

Cafe Vocar will serve beer and wine.