"We have more kitchen and seats then we know what to do with," Brendan Sodikoff writes. "Perfect to squeeze boutique Italian in."
Thus begins the downsizing of Dillman's, Sodikoff's Jewish deli concept, and the birth of his latest venture. The superstar restaurateur will launch the latest trendy Italian concept by a noteworthy chef or restaurateur in Chicago, joining the likes of Nico Osteria, Cicchetti, and Eataly.
Sodikoff says that the sitting room and coffee bar that encompasses half of the Dillman's space will become the Italian restaurant, serving early coffee and baked goods, lunch, dinner, and late night options. The decor will be "dark and cozy," a contrast to the brighter feel of the Dillman's dining room.
Each restaurant will be independent with separate entrances, kitchens, and names. Dillman's will still feature the same chef-driven Jewish fare and be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. He says the whole process "will take a few months."
This is the second major change at Dillman's: Sodikoff dropped the word "delicatessen" from the name and sign last August to help confused customers. Now customers will be able to taste his take on Italian food in a few months.
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