New Bohemian House chef changing menu, but what about the schnitzel?

Louisa Chu

Modern Czech restaurant Bohemian House in River North celebrates its fourth anniversary this month with a new executive chef from the Old Country who’s planning some new school menu changes.

Chef Roman Hadrbolec, from the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, takes over from Rob Sidor, now at LondonHouse.

“Chef Roman and I have been friends for nearly a decade — we’re from the same hometown,” said co-owner Markus Chwajol. “We’ve talked about working together at Bohemian House since the restaurant’s very beginnings, and timing is finally perfect.”

Favorites like schnitzel and spaetzle will remain, said a release, but diners can expect to see a menu of lighter, more health-conscious fare, catering to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free preferences.

When Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel reviewed the restaurant in 2014, he described the pork schnitzel as “note-perfect,” served with dill potatoes, onions, bacon and “the wonderfully light spaetzle, coated with melted aged Gouda and tossed with braised beef tongue and corn niblets.”

Bohemian House will host an anniversary and menu launch celebration Aug. 10 with Czech-brewed, unfiltered and unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell on tap plus complimentary small bites and live music.

Until then, Hadrbolec will preview new dishes on a changing “Chef’s Cellar” menu.

Bohemian House, 11 W. Illinois St., 312-955-0439,

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