Culinary diplomacy in Chicago - 'TRYZUB UKRAINIAN KITCHEN' RESTAURANT
'Ukrainian borshch, pork hamburgers, colored dumplings with various fillings, potato pies, croquette, goulash, roast pork, pancakes, crepes - a nice modern four-storey building of 'Tryzub Ukrainian Kitchen' restaurant located on the southwest corner of Chicago Avenue and Leavitt Street can be see afar.
Entered inside you realize that you find yourself in a Ukrainian museum: old exhibits telling the history of important events of Ukraine, the Holodomor of 1932-33 years; huge carved chest, artifacts from the 13th century and Cossack times; vyshyvankas (embroidered clothes) and photos of the family of Levytskyi, etc.
Myron Levytskyi, the owner, (surgeon by profession) has invested in the restaurant both money, his own vision of Ukrainian business, and his soul and love for his native land as well, 'I wanted to use a restaurant as a way to introduce our great country and its people to Americans, make it a place where Ukrainians can promote delicious Ukrainian cuisine and the culture to their American friends'.
The restaurant has 80 seats. This is the place where you can have lunch or a snack, arrange a corporate or family holiday, relax with friends or dine with your family.
'Our restaurant has a great future. I am sincerely believe it. First of all, because it has a soul. Secondly, it is based on the strong Ukrainian roots. I feel very inspired when I see Americans who visited us for the first time some weeks ago returned with their friends or relatives so that they also could try Ukrainian dishes and discovered Ukraine in this way', Mila Lugova, the restaurant's CEO, says.