Since famed chef Art Smith closed Table Fifty-Two last year, workers have kept busy making changes inside the Gold Coast restaurant, adjusting the space to its new incarnation, Blue Door Kitchen & Garden. The opening has been delayed. While Smith and Co. still aren't ready to share an opening date, they've unveiled the restaurant's menus and say reservations will go online on July 1.
When Smith earlier this year spoke about the need to make changes, he talked about wanting to be more affordable and family friendly. Check out the dinner, lunch and weekend brunch menus below. The beef ribeye represents the priciest item on Blue Door's menu at $44. Meanwhile, the lunch menu includes an array of sandwiches. The menu also has a nod to Chicago's Polish community with the butternut squash pierogi starters.
There's still a focus on southern cooking, as Smith's fried chicken made a name for Table Fifty-Two. During the closure, that chicken has moved around the corner to Chicago Q, where Smith was given the title of pit master. Fret not, that buttermilk chicken has also made it over to Blue Door. Chicago Q, Blue Door's sibling restaurant on Dearborn, is owned by Idealogy Entertainment. They run two more spots on that block, Biggs Mansion and La Storia.