Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Restaurant Named Tribute to Open at Essex Inn on May 1st

We recently had a post about a new restaurant coming to the Essex Inn (800 S. Michigan) and today we read a post on the restaurant from the Chicago Tribune's food blog "The Stew":
The South Loop's fine-dining options will expand with the opening of Tribute, a classic-yet-modern American restaurant coming to the Essex Inn (800 S. Michigan Ave.) on May 1.

Brandon Baltzley, one-time chef de partie at Alinea and, very briefly, chef at Mado after Rob Levitt departed, will head up the restaurant, whose 100-seat dining room will boast unfettered views of Grant Park. General manager and partner Simon Lamb says the feel will be casual, prices moderate and service outstanding.

Looking forward to this one opening. We think Michigan Avenue (especially the restaurants on Grant Park) should have a better offering of restaurants. It is a beautiful area and hopefully this can start a trend of new and better restaurants coming to this strip.


Anonymous said...

Good news for the Sloop for sure. Let's be positive and hope this works out as they suggest!

Allen said...

This strech on S.Michigan needed some pumping up! With Columbia taking over JP Building (in about a year this will bldg will finally get a modern makeover) and Oysy packing them in daily.. this is a fantastic addition! They have the location, Big Name chef..they just need to spend some money on the outside and inside and this will be a staple for years. Outdoor seating would be a huge plus!