Big changes are afoot at Graham Elliot's lone restaurant following many small changes since his Randolph Row eatery opened in 2012. Graham Elliot Bistro will hold its last service on
Sept. 3 Saturday, Aug. 27, and then shut down to change its concept and name. Expect a new restaurant to reopen in early 2017 with a new name and "completely new concept" under the new-ish partnership between the celebrity chef and popular Chicago group DMK Restaurants that was announced on April 1.
"We've made some great updates this spring and the restaurant is doing fine as a result. Yet we're not satisfied," Elliot says in a statement. "We want to do more and we want to push more. And we learned the only way to do that is to make a bigger opportunity for ourselves."
Bistro closed in early April for just three days to implement smaller changes with the help of David Morton and Michael Kornick's successful local restaurant group. Previously, Elliot's Randolph Street restaurant had undergone menu changes that included the additions of tasting menus and Graham Elliot classic dishes from his shuttered original eponymous restaurant in River North, changed its decor, and changed chef de cuisines multiple times. It focused on dishes under $20 with three ingredients or less, as well as fun saint candles of rock stars, when it opened in 2012 at 841 W. Randolph St.
Elliot isn't revealing the new name, concept or other details yet, so stay tuned for that information, as he urges you to "stay in touch because there's going to be more to share very soon."