More than two years after OON suddenly shuttered after six months in, the prominent Randolph Row space is preparing to welcome a new restaurant—from the stalwart group that brought Chicago Trenchermen, Sportsman's Club and Pub Royale. Heisler Hospitality is revealing plans today for a veggie-centric eatery at 802 W. Randolph Street named Bad Hunter, for which reps project a June opening.
While the name fits nicely next to Heisler's bar next door, Lone Wolf, it's based on the idea that "a bad hunter would likely find himself eating more vegetables than protein," reps say. The concept gives Restaurant Row a type of cuisine it's lacking and a contrast to burger bonanza Au Cheval on the other side of the space.
Chef Dan Snowden, who was an Eater Young Gun finalist in 2012 when he worked at The Publican, is planning seasonal dishes centered around vegetables (though there will be meat too) using a wood grill as the main cooking tool. Company beverage manager Michael McAvena, known for his work at Pub Royale, will handle the wine program, while Josh Fossitt, who has experience at Heisler cocktail bar Queen Mary and NYC's acclaimed NoMad, is working on moderately-low alcohol cocktails.
Company designer Kevin Heisner is aiming to give the space an "English garden feel," including such features as paved brick on the floor and lots of greenery. Expect 65 seats in the dining area, a full bar, and an events space on the second floor.