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:
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.