The owners of some of Chicago’s most-popular late-night diners—White Palace Grill, Hollywood Grill and Plymouth Restaurant & Bar—are close to opening an upscale version in River North. Griddle 24 should open within 30 days, said owner George Liakopoulos. City inspectors should visit the restaurant at the corner of Chicago and Orleans avenues this week.
As the restaurant’s name implies, they’ll be open 24/7. They’ll also serve alcohol including craft beer from Chicago breweries and spiked milk shakes. Liakopoulos called the project an urban diner and that tagline appears on the restaurant’s sign.
There’s about 140 seats inside, and Liakopoulos hopes to attract a diverse group of customers. The diner will sit in a new building that construction workers erected on top of the former Baba’s Palace space at 334 W. Chicago Ave.
“We’re tickled to death to be in this location,” Liakopoulos said. “There’s a need for something simple here, that’s what this is—simple.”
The food will be a bit more upscale compared to his other locations. That reflects River North’s clientele. Liakopoulos also said he’ll soon announce another restaurant, this time in Logan Square. He’ll share more details soon.