Look for something new in the space that currently houses South Water Kitchen in a few months. The restaurant and bar next to Kimpton's Hotel Monaco at 225 N. Wabash in The Loop will close after service on Dec. 19 and reopen with a new concept in the spring, according to hotel reps.
Expect a renovated space with an expanded bar and lounge as well as upgraded food and beer menus with more craft beer, craft cocktails, and a focus on local ingredients and house-cured meats. The restaurant also renovated in late 2012/early 2013.
South Water Kitchen has gained some buzz for its drinks program in recent months, as head bartender Dan Rook picked up a Zagat 30 under 30 nod and was also named RedEye's best bartender of 2015. Rook will remain on staff, as will chef Roger Waysok.