Cheffy takes on Chicago-style hot dogs already exist, but now a spin on the venerable pork chop sandwich is heading to the West Loop courtesy of Jared Wentworth. The Michelin-starred chef will explore Chicago street food and other classics at Regards to Edith, opening later this summer at Google headquarters, 326 N. Morgan St.
Wentworth’s again working with Heisler Hospitality, a relationship that started with Trench in Wicker Park. Edith is located at the same address as Prairie School, Heisler’s collaboration with New York cocktail specialist Jim Meehan of PDT.
While Prairie School’s inspiration came from architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Wentworth’s comes from the legendary Maxwell Street Market on the South Side, according to a news release. Break out those Chicago accents for city classics like shrimp de Jonghe and a Vesuvio that subs out chicken for octopus. Wentworth told Chicago that he’ll serve steak in the form of a Chicago-style hot dog and they’ll offer an Italian beef at the bar. There’s also flaming halloumi, which seems to be a riff on Greektown flaming saganaki. However, Regards to Edith won’t serve Chicago-style pizza. Heisler’s Michael McAvena will supply the drinks also going for an old-school Chicago flavor.
Heisler’s Kevin Heisner is designing the 6,200-square-foot space with Rugo/Raff architects. The main dining room will seat 110 people and there will be space for 25 at the bar. A private dining room holds 22 seats.
Besides Prairie School, the 1K Fulton also houses Boka Restaurant Group’s Swift & Sons and Cold Storage. Smack Shack was the previous tenant inside the Prairie School/Regards to Edith space.