For many Chicagoans, the Loop is less of a neighborhood and more of a city center. But Stock and Ledger, opening on December 11 at 70 W. Madison Street from the One North Kitchen & Bar team, is looking to change the idea of what a neighborhood restaurant can look like in the Loop.
The restaurant has done a gut remodel from the Rosebud Theater District, with an indoor patio in the atrium of the building with around 12 tables in the all-seasons patio. On December 11, the restaurant will open for dinner, followed by lunch service a week later.
Partners Rodd Goldman and chef Laura Piper came up with the name for the restaurant using their own backgrounds — Laura’s the “stock” or the base of most dishes, and Goldman’s the “ledger” with his financial background. The duo is creating the restaurant with a neighborhood focus, creating a space that diners would like to become regulars at, or a place where someone would eat multiple times a week.
The menu is chef driven, focused on Contemporary American dishes with Spanish and Louisiana influences, per Piper’s previous experience. “We’ve created a menu that has things that are comforting to us, things that we remember and resonate with,” Piper says. “The lamb chops have house-made falafel from Sophia Harris, and we’re putting on a house-made chicken kiev that isn’t fried.”
The beer menu will have a local focus, with a pour from Baderbrau and Lagunitas on draft. Cocktails are made in-house and the wine list will have about 25 available by the glass, from sauvignon blancs and chardonnays to tempranillos.
The duo also has a second restaurant in the works, in March or April of 2018, the Lunchroom, a quick-serve restaurant with hot menu items, a build-your-own-salad station, soups, and breakfast, will open next door.