CLARIFICATION: An earlier news release described 20 East as a collaboration between Hogsalt Hospitality and Four Corners. However, Hogsalt’s Brendan Sodikoff emailed on Tuesday night writing that his company wasn’t involved on the operations side. Four Corners’ Matt Menna, in a separate email sent later on Tuesday night, added the new restaurant wasn’t a joint venture, reiterating that Hogsalt was only a consultant. An amended story follows.
It’s been 15 months since Mercadito Kitchen closed inside the Talbott Hotel in the Gold Coast. The space has been a revolving door, with names including Bice and Medi coming and going in recent years. Now Four Corners Tavern Group wants a go at it, as the group behind SteakBar and Federales plans to open 20 East next month, pushing out the nondescript Talbott Restaurant, which kept Mercadito’s space warm until hotel management found an operator to its liking. Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt Hospitality has consulted on the project, but doesn’t have a role on the operations side.
Management’s release described the new restaurant, named for the hotel’s address at 20 E. Delaware Place, as featuring “quality-driven and modern takes on American fare with playful, inventive presentation and flavor.”
The hotel, inside a 90-year-old Gold Coast building, has been closed for $20 million in renovations since Jan. 1 and is scheduled to reopen in May. File this under “should have seen it coming,” as Matt Menna, a Four Corners founder, is also a principal at Sterling Bay. Sterling Bay is part of the hotel’s ownership group.
Four Corners continues to branch out from sports bars, as the group is known for establishments such as Benchmark in Old Town. Hotel guests will get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Items include a Cobb salad, lobster po’ boy, baked truffle mac and cheese, brick chicken, and an “elote-style” creamed corn. Four Corners’ executive chef James Keane is in charge of the kitchen.