The opening of the Elm has been pushed back in suburban La Grange. The ambitious two-level space was pegged for a December debut, but the Western Suburbs will now have to wait for late-January or early-February. In the meantime, ownership has released the menu to get suburb dwellers excited about having what they hope is a Chicago-caliber restaurant in their backyard.
The menu from chef Eddie Jobin features a combo of chops and unique appetizers such as swordfish wontons. Diners can also expect three entree salads and a pimento cheese plate. He doesn’t want his menu to be described as comfort food, but as food that’s comfortable. The priciest dish is a $69 Alaskan king crab. A burger will set customers back $15.
The restaurant’s projected clientele includes parents with small children who moved out of the city and locals living in towns like Clarendon Hills, La Grange, Hinsdale, and Western Springs who don’t have the patience to drive to Chicago for a meal. There’s also a private event space for small parties.
Husband-and-wife owners Dan and Caitlin Spain have so far received positive feedback from nearby residents since the project was announced. Some have talked about the design, likening it to an English ale house. Others are elated that the Spains are building something that the area needs.
Ownership has been working on the project for four years. Dan Spain’s grandfather, Joe, ran a bar on Chicago’s South Side called Spain’s Tavern in Chicago Lawn. Dan Spain said Grandpa Joe is providing them with heavenly inspiration.
Check out the menu below. The Elm hopes to give the Western Suburbs a little fun in 2020.
The Elm, 23 W. Harris Avenue, La Grange, Scheduled to open in late January or early February.