After opening Steadfast in 2016, Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner’s Fifty/50 Restaurant Group became enamored with the Loop, and now his company is poised to open another downtown restaurant. 90th Meridian should open in late June or early July at 231 S. LaSalle Street. That’s the Central Standard Building, a 23-story structure built in 1924.
The restaurant is a 160-seater on the ground floor where the lobby’s been renovated. Weiner sees it as a lunch and happy hour destination, with Loop workers staying for dinner. Look for oysters, fried clams, salads, and a scallop roll. It’ll be closed on the weekends.
Fifty/50 has brought on Miles Schaefer as chef. He’s worked at a few of Andrew Zimmerman’s restaurants including Sepia in the West Loop. He’s also worked at Blackbird and Big Star for One Off Hospitality Group. Schaefer will work with Nate Henssler, the chef at Portsmith, Fifty/50’s River North seafood restaurant.
Given the talent in the kitchen, Weiner had this to say: “It’s not going to be a burger joint.”
While it’s not the focus, don’t worry, it’ll also serve burgers. It’s a busy time for Fifty/50. They’re opening a rooftop bar with the Second City comedy club this summer in Old Town. This year will also see the addition of two new Roots Handmade Pizza spots, bringing Quad City pies to Old Town and South Loop. Fifty/50’s first restaurant was a Wicker Park sports bar that opened in 2008. They’ve also opened the Sixth, a Lincoln Square cocktail bar, West Town Bakery (a second location stands across from Wrigley Field), and Homestead on the Roof in West Town.