Late Wednesday, news broke that one sixtyblue, owned in part by Michael Jordan with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, would close following service on Saturday night. After 14 years, many with great acclaim under chefs Martial Noguier and Michael McDonald, the restaurant at the far west end of the Randolph Street restaurant row will shutter to undergo a complete overhaul. It sounds like the owners want to freshen things up to compete with the dining boom happening further east on Randolph.
“One sixtyblue had an amazing run, and moving on is bittersweet” said David Zadikoff, Cornerstone's CEO, in a press release. “Thanks to our loyal patrons and the West Loop community for 14 wonderful years. We are looking forward to a new chapter and are excited to announce our plans for the year ahead.”
The new restaurant will emerge in the spring, but no details of what it will be have been released. In addition, when asked whether McDonald, who is the current exec chef, would be part of the new concept, Cornerstone spokeswoman Deanna Dugo said they aren't making staffing announcements at the moment. Apparently not many details were even told to the staff as Eater hears they were informed shortly before the press release was distributed to the media. More information on the new project, however, should be released in the coming weeks.