When Quay Restaurant opens, it'll have some big shoes to fill ... or at least a big space. The restaurant is taking over the former splashy De La Costa in the River East Art Center building and, at approximately 12,000 square feet, the space is massive.
But instead of over-the-top grandeur, it sounds like Quay will tone it down a bit to appeal to a larger audience. It'll have an eclectic American menu from exec chef Nolan Narut (David Burke's Primehouse) with a variety of accessible options (burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood, steaks) and an affordable price point (lunch dishes will range between $9 and $20 while dinner will land between $12 and $32). The design, however, sounds like what will really draw people in.
The restaurant wil be broken down into three rooms, the coolest of which sounds like the Chicago River-facing solarium, which was apparently modeled after a resort in Miami. It'll have two bars, but another really cool feature is the 2,000 foot boat dock just outside the restaurant's south side. Boaters can dock and eat inside or have the restaurant stock them up for a day on the lake. PopSugar Chicago has more details, but look for Quay to open this July.
· Sneak Peek: Quay Restaurant & Bar [PopSugar]
Nolan Narut [Photo: PopSugar]