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Tour Art Smith's Blue Door Kitchen, His Revamped Gold Coast Restaurant

The Table Fifty-Two replacement opens on Friday

Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Blue Door Kitchen & Garden
Marc Much

The nightmare for fans who missed Table Fifty-Two on Elm Street is about to end, as Art Smith's Blue Door Kitchen & Garden opens on Friday morning at the Gold Coast space. Smith closed Table Fifty-Two in January, wanting to tweak the concept to make it more approachable.

The restaurant is in a carriage house that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Here's a photo of the old space, which opened in 2007, for comparison:

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[Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

The first thing visitors may notice inside is the new color scheme and blue paint job that covers the light-wood paneling diners saw at the old restaurant. Still, Smith's kept some of the same artwork that hung on the walls of Table Fifty-Two. The hardwood flooring, tables and seats, as well as the wall light fixtures have all been replaced. Blue Door also changed-up the counter seating and has restored the outdoor patio.

Check out the photos of Blue Door below.

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Blue Door Kitchen & Garden

52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610

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