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Art Smith Is Opening His Gold Coast Restaurant on Friday

Reservations for Blue Door Kitchen & Garden are already online

Blue Door Kitchen and Garden
Blue Door Kitchen and Garden
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Art Smith's been busy in recent weeks, as Oprah Winfrey's former chef is handling multiple restaurant openings, including down in Florida at Walt Disney World Resort. Over in Chicago, Friday's the day in the Gold Coast as Smith's old Table Fifty-Two space reopens as Blue Door Kitchen and & Garden.

Reservations are already online for Blue Door, which Smith described as more casual. Smith shared the supposedly more approachable, family-friendly menus last week, as he continues to meld Midwest ingredients with Southern cooking. The Tribune reported that Blue Door will open 10 a.m. on Friday. They'll be open daily for lunch and dinner and will even have a gluten-free menu. Check back later this week for more.