New Restaurant Coming to Essex Inn
If you've ever been past the Essex Inn on South Michigan you've probably noticed that it usually is dead. The restaurant was called Savoy and appears to be closed (last we checked). Last week a close source for the blog emailed us with a Chicago Magazine post talking about a new restaurant coming to the hotel:
When the chef Paul Wildermuth died unexpectedly on November 13th at the age of 46, he was part of a team working to open a new restaurant in the South Loop called Tribute (Essex Inn, 800 S. Michigan Ave.; no phone yet). “He was the backbone of the project,” says Simon Lamb, one of Tribute’s partners. “Right in the midst, as the lease was being signed, and everything was getting worked out, Paul passed away. We took a hiatus and regrouped to decide whether to go forward with it. But now we are moving forward.” The menu will feature upscale American comfort food for breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner, with reasonable-size portions. The 199-seat restaurant will focus on local, sustainable, and organic, to match the Green Seal certification of the hotel.
Whatever comes in at this space will be a major improvement over Savoy.
Back in December of last year we had a retail roundup and mentioned a project titled "Flavor 180" coming to 1511 S. State. At the time we couldn't find much on the internet and to this day we don't have much info. However, according to everyblock Flavor 180, Inc. has received a liquor license. Beyond that we don't know much. Anyone have any additional knowledge on this place?
1430 South Michigan
Very little information here, but we briefly saw and spoke to people checking in on the vacant retail space. They said they were the owners and that painters were working on it this past weekend. Not sure if this means anything is coming there, but we hope so.
A commenter last week said Grace O'Malley's would be closing. We tried to email Grace O'Malley's seeking information, but never heard back. According to the commenter, it would be closing in early February. We will have to wait and see what happens.
Avid readers might remember a post we had in November that talked about a Metromix article that said Mainstay Hospitality (owners of Grace O'Malley's, Chicago Firehouse, Wabash Tap) would be opening a new project. Is this a new concept to take over for Grace O'Malley's? Or is it a new location? We will see.
Kutting Edge Kidz
We got an email from a reader saying that this salon for kids closed on Saturday (1/29). Through the blog we actually had the opportunity to meet one of the owners and wish them the best of luck moving forward. The salon was at 1900 S state which was at the corner of State and Archer.
Does anyone else have any new retail info? Seems like there has been a lot of movement with new places coming and old places leaving.
(Hat tip: SoloMotorRow, JF, ND, ZS!)