"I would not start a new project without everything (at The Boarding House) being in line and stable," Alpana Singh says. "We're ready for growth."
The growth Singh is talking about is a new concept inside the landmarked People's Gas Building at 122 S. Michigan, for which the former Check, Please! host and her partners just signed a lease. She says they're "evaluating" the "large" space across from the Art Institute and haven't decided on a concept or name, but expect those details soon.
After naming a new executive chef at The Boarding House, Tanya Baker, Singh feels her first restaurant is in good shape. "Her dishes get tremendous feedback," she says. "A lot of those lessons have been learned."
Baker, who Singh has known since 2008 and was an opening sous chef at Boarding House, takes over for chef de cuisine Bjorn Rasmussen, who left to "pursue other opportunites" nine months after taking over the kitchen from opening executive chef Christian Gosselin. Every dish on the current menu is Baker's, Singh says.
Singh is excited about the new space, saying there's "tremendous opportunity" at the location. Stay tuned to see what she does with that opportunity.
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