After seeing the city up its steakhouse game in recent years, Chicago Chop House is plunging $1 million into renovations at the 31-year-old River North Restaurant. A new ownership team has already started massive upgrades inside and outside the 130-year-old Victorian building. The changes will come in phases and ownership hopes to finish work by June when they’ll unveil a new outdoor patio, according to a news release.
By the end of January, expect updates to the facade and exterior with the addition of white brick and new awnings. They’ll also redesign the interior updating the wood paneling, furnishing, and lighting. February will bring in the opening of a speakeasy bar element and renovations of the meeting space on the third floor. The work will conclude in June with the opening of the outdoor dining space.
The investors who bought the restaurant call themselves Chop Hospitality. The company includes Matthew McCahill. He ran the food and beverage programs at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago and LondonHouse Chicago. He’s joined by partners Philip Martin, Adam Will, and Pete Hodo.
Tune in for more information on Chicago Chop House’s new look in the coming weeks.