On the landscape of Chicago restaurants owned by athletes, there’s no crying about it —No. 23 finds himself at the top, he’s even got his own private booth. Now the supporting cast behind Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse is planning a new restaurant in the suburbs. Michael Jordan’s Restaurant should open in the summer 2017 inside the Oak Brook 22 at 1225 W 22nd St. in the burbs.
The suburban location promises an "interactive kitchen" and natural, grass-fed and USDA Prime cuts of beef, according to a news release. They’ll have wines on tap, with a selection that matches Jordan’s tastes, the release added.
Cornerstone Restaurant Group opened MJ’s inside the Hotel InterContinental Chicago on Michigan Avenue in 2011. Cornerstone also owns Jordan-branded steakhouses in New York and Connecticut. There’s a Jordan cafe in Connecticut, and plans for one in Jupiter, Fla. Sorry, there are no plans for a restaurant in Cleveland.
During his championship-playing days with the Bulls, crowds flocked to a Michael Jordan’s Restaurant at 500 N. LaSalle St., the current home to Gino’s East of Chicago. That restaurant closed in 1999, and Cornerstone's David Zadikoff was involved with the project. Zadikoff has continued to work with MJ, as they collaborated on One SixtyBlue, the West Loop restaurant that closed in 2012. That restaurant gave way to BellyQ, chef Bill Kim’s Korean barbecue concept, which is also run by Cornerstone.
Michael Jordan's joins Harry Caray’s, Shula’s Steak House and Mike Ditka’s as other Chicago restaurants owned —at least in part— by former athletes.