Steakhouse Watch :: Chicago 2016

The latest links on upcoming steakhouse openings in Chicago (updated 01.13.16)..

GT Prime

Owner: Boka Restaurant Group (Girl & The Goat, Boka, GT Oyster, Balena, Momotaro, Little Goat, Perennial Virant, J. Parker)
Address: 707 N Wells
Opening: early 2016
Author: Daniel Gerzina  (Eater Chicago)

GTprimeSome of the mystery behind one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of the near future has been revealed. GT Prime, the forthcoming meaty sibling of Boka Restaurant Group and chef Giuseppe Tentori’s ever-popular GT Fish & Oyster, is heading to a new building that’s under construction at 707 N. Wells St. First reported in January 2014, the Boka Group would only say at the time that the long-in-the-works restaurant would be near GT Fish in River North—which is in fact two blocks south.The rendering, by architect Pappageorge Haymes Partners and published yesterday by Curbed Chicago, shows a sleek and modern facade on the Wells Street building but is just “a rough sketch,” according to Boka Group partner Rob Katz. “Based on construction of the high rise going in, they turn the space over to us in August, then we start construction,” Katz says of the opening timeframe. Expect GT Prime to open in “very early 2016.”



Four Corners Tavern Group & Brendan Sodikoff/Hogsalt (unknown name)

Owner: Four Corners Tavern Group (Benchmark, Schoolyard, Crossing, Westend, Kirkwood, Gaslight, Sidebar Grille, Ranalli’s, Highline, Fremont, Federales) & Brendan Sodikoff/Hogsalt (3 Arts Club Cafe, Au Cheval, Bavette’s, CC Ferns, The California Clipper, Doughnut Vault, Gilt Bar, Green Street Smoked Meats, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Sawada Coffee, Small Cheval)
Address: 1500 N. Wells St.
Author: Ashok Selvam & Daniel Gerzina  (Eater Chicago)


hogsaltWondering why Four Corners Tavern Group wanted to open a second spot in Old Town, one that could draw attention away from Benchmark, Four Corners’ popular bar that also stands on Wells Street? That answer is another chance to work with Brendan Sodikoff. The Hogsalt founder and one of Chicago’s most prolific empire-building restaurateurs confirmed the project at 1500 N. Wells St. is a collaboration between himself and Four Corners.

Sodikoff, whose restaurants include Au Cheval and Maude’s Liquor Bar, also confirmed that the upcoming restaurant will specialize in steak. That jibes with the name on the restaurant’s building permit: “Steak Bar.” However, that name is far from official: “You know me and names —we never know until it’s on the wall at least twice,” Sodikoff said.



Gibsons Restaurant Group (unknown name & concept)

Owner: Gibsons Restaurant Group (Gibsons, Hugo’s Frog Bar, Quartino, Luxbar)
Address: 444 W. Lake St.
Opening: 2017
Author: Ashok Selvam (Eater Chicago)


For the first time since 2005, Gibsons Restaurant Group plans on opening a new downtown Chicago restaurant. The venerable group, which operates one of the world’s top steakhouses in addition to Hugo’s Frog Bar, Quartino, Luxbar, and a spot in Disney World, hopes to open a multi-level venue in 2017 inside the River Point Building in the western part of the Loop, a spokeswoman confirmed. Gibsons is still formalizing the concept, which will include a terrace and views of the Chicago River.

The under-construction River Point Building will stand at 444 W. Lake St., and its website states the white tablecloth restaurant would occupy about 14,000 square feet over two stories. Crain’s first reported the project, which is slated for a mid-2017 opening inside the 52-floor office tower at Lake and Canal. A coffee shop and café are also part of the building’s plan. Gibsons brass hasn’t confirmed if the restaurant will be another steakhouse, but that’s likely under consideration.



Steak 44

Owner: Jeff Mastro
Address: NA
Opening: speculative
Author: Brandon Brown (Phoenix Business Journal)

Steak44One of the Phoenix’s most trendiest steakhouses is looking to grow its brand outside the state. Steak 44 has already signed a lease in the Houston area and will open up in spring 2016, said Jeff Mastro, Steak 44 CEO.Mastro said this is his first time doing business in Texas, but is pleased with how things are going far. He said the company also is looking to open a location in Dallas.

The company also hopes to stake a claim in Chicago’s West Loop area and in California.

“With any restaurant, location is one of the most important things,” Mastro said. “But we spend a lot of time looking for only AAA locations.”