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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Taps Former Gage Chef Peter Coenen

Land and Sea Dept. keep the original restaurant's name, even using its opening menus as a launching off point.

Cherry Circle Room's Peter Coenen
Cherry Circle Room's Peter Coenen
Clayton Hauck

Some details are finally emerging on what Land and Sea Dept. (Lost LakeLongman & Eagle) have planned for food inside the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, including the name (Cherry Circle Room) and the restaurant's executive chef (Peter Coenen), according to Chicago magazine.

Cherry Circle Room will be the main restaurant space, but there will also be the Game Room, the eight-seat Milk Room featuring cocktails made with "rare and vintage spirits" according to a release, as well as The Drawing Room which will service the lobby's hotel with pastries and coffee.

As for that name, it's the same as the restaurant that resided in the building since the 1890s and Coenen's food will be inspired by its opening menus. Coenen, who previously ran kitchens at The Gage and The Monarch, is planning a menu of rustic food with a refined edge that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Besides Coenen, the space will also boast beverage director Paul McGee and sommelier Andrew Algren, both of whom were previously announced. Look for a late May or early June opening.

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