In May, José Andrés visited Chicago, and the famous person chef stopped at Fatso’s Final Stand for a Chicago-style canine in between dropping off meals at among the metropolis’s communities hit hardest by COVID-19. Whereas the chef’s charity work has taken priority in the course of the pandemic, plans have been nonetheless in movement in Chicago for a series of projects, the primary within the midwest for the D.C.-based Andrés.
Andrés has a worldwide profile, and is understood for his humanitarian efforts along with his charity, World Central Kitchen. He announced back in September 2019 that he had plans for his first Chicago restaurant, however the pandemic altered that schedule and everybody else’s. Now, Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup — in partnership with Chicago’s Gibsons Restaurant Group — are able to share particulars on among the chef’s Chicago tasks inside the brand new Financial institution of America tower, 110 N. Wacker Drive. The primary to open will probably be an all-day riverside cafe referred to as Joe’s by the River. In accordance with a information launch, Joe’s ought to open this summer season.
The Gibsons mission might take the highlight off a separate mission. In September 2019, Andrés announced that he was bringing Jaleo, his tapas restaurant, to River North inside the previous Naha area. The discharge clarifies that the Chicago port of Jaleo — which has places in Bethesda, Maryland; Arlington, Virginia; Las Vegas; and at Walt Disney World in Florida — also needs to open over the summer season at 500 N. Clark Road.
Contained in the Wacker Drive constructing, Andrés will convey his Bazaar model — which has places in Vegas and South Seaside — to Chicago. Whereas the Florida location serves seafood, Bazaar Meat will focus on pink meat like its Vegas counterpart that shares the identical title. Andrés has tapped a fellow Spaniard, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, to design the Chicago restaurant.
Andres’ camp additionally introduced that Bar Mar, a “devoted cocktail expertise,” will arrive contained in the Wacker Drive tower. Andrés and Gibsons who’re additionally dealing with catering for the tower’s 10,000-square-foot non-public occasion area. ThinkFoodGroup additionally hinted at extra bulletins; they’ve leased 17,200-square-foot of tower area, which is billed because the tallest workplace constructing within the metropolis with 55 walkable flooring.
Gibsons, the homeowners of the enduring Gold Coast steakhouse recognized for big parts and an old-school vibe, is spreading its wings a bit with collaborating with Andrés.
“The chance to associate with chef José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup in our house metropolis in a sensational new constructing on the river is thrilling, and we predict it’s a pure, complementary partnership that may lead to unbelievable new eating experiences for Chicagoans,” Gibsons Steve Lombardo says in an announcement.
Joe’s by the River, 110 N. Wacker Drive, deliberate for a summer season opening; Bazaar Meat and Bar Mar, 110 N. Wacker Drive, opening date not out there. Jaleo, 500 N. Clark Road; deliberate for a summer season opening.