Friday, August 3, 2012

Alain's Grand Opening; 14th and Michigan Intersection Blossoming

...and just like that, the corner of 14th and Michigan has a plethora of new eating and drinking options.  On Monday, Square One (1400 S. Michigan) opened and today Alain's (1355 S. Michigan) has it's official grand opening (according to their website).

Couple this with the recent opening of City Tavern (1416 S. Michigan) as well as Waffles and the venerable Chicago Firehouse (1401 S. Michigan) and this intersection now has a fresh vibe and energy.  Obviously most of these new businesses still have a lot to prove, but from their first blush it's definitely a step in the right direction.

So what is Alain's?  According to the Chicago Reader:
Alain's Restaurant opens today in the South Loop. Chef Alain Njike has collaborated with Chicago Bears' Israel Idonije and businessman Chad McClennan to create a cuisine with a blend of Southern, French, and Cameroonian influences.
While we still aren't exactly sure what will result from this "blend", we are excited to try it out.  It seems like it's truly unique, which is something we always like to see.

Best of luck to all the new spots (and the old ones) and welcome to the Sloop!


.H said...

Has anyone gone here yet? While we were at Square One over the weekend we met some people who lived in that building. They told us Alain's invited everyone to what they thought was a complimentary soft opening party with a seat at the Chef's table. The reality was they wanted $1000 for those seats. Any idea what the scoop is here?

Anonymous said...

no one has ever been charged $1000 for the chef's table. in fact many people are charged only a portion of what they actually should be for dining there. the chef is very hospitable and generous to his guests

Anonymous said...

Correction: the chef WAS very hospitable and generous to his guests.