Workers fearful of a boring Loop lunch get an intriguing new option today as 90th Meridian Kitchen & Bar debuts on the ground floor of the Central Standard Building near the Board of Trade. Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner of the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group have opened another downtown restaurant, complementing Steadfast in the Loop and Portsmith in River North.
The company brought in chef Miles Schaefer, a restaurant vet who’s worked at Big Star in Wicker Park, Eden on the Near West Side, and WD~50 in New York. He’s trying to breathe life into the Finance District with a menu that includes nachos with pork vindaloo and a banh mi that comes with a bowl of pho so patrons can enjoy the sandwich like a French dip. The bar is happy hour friendly with six draft lines for beer. Another 17 are available in bottle or can. Wine by the glass is available.
Katherine Ingrassia Design, which worked on projects including Acadia in the South Loop and Prime & Provisions in the Loop, designed the 164-seat space. The 23-floor building is 95 years old, and the design tried to keep some of the old charm with vintage timepieces and more.
Fifty/50 has more projects, with Roots Handmade pizzerias in Old Town and South Loop on the way later this year. There’s more news in Old Town as work continues on Utopian Tailgate, the rooftop bar above the Second City comedy club.
Check out the menu below. 90th Meridian is now open.
90th Meridian Kitchen & Bar, 231 S. LaSalle Street, (312) 929-3948, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.