Nathan Sears, the longtime chef de cuisine at Western Springs’ Vie, and perennial Baconfest Golden Rasher winner is opening a German restaurant, according to a press release the chef passed along this morning. Titled “Radler” and “D.A.S,” it will be a “restaurant within a restaurant” featuring a ten-to-12 seat fine dining concept within a larger “Bavarian beer hall” featuring some half dozen house-made sausages and meaty Deutsch-style pub grub such as quark dumplings, rabbit sausage cabbage rolls, and spinach and potato strudel.

Aiming for a spring/summer 2013 opening, Sears says he and partner Adam Herbert are close to signing a letter of intent on a 4,500-square-foot space in Logan Square near Fullerton and Milwaukee, but are still in the process of raising their $750,000 investment goal. Sears’s boss, Vie jefe Paul Virant, is involved in the project too, which is likely to attract some of that scratch.

Check out the full press release and a draft of the menu: