It’s been a year since Graham Elliot closed his eponymous Randolph Street bistro, but fans of the famous chef can breathe easy again: Last week, he swung the doors back open, this time to reveal Gideon Sweet, a new collaborative concept with longtime friend and fellow chef Matthias Merges (Folkart Restaurant Management).
The renovated space is a blank canvas punctuated with unique art, but the design is only the beginning of what’s new. The concept itself is totally fresh: There’s a menu of about 15 gourmet small plates to choose from — think grilled hamachi collar with yuzu glaze and marinated baby beets with pistachio vinaigrette — but guests will also be able to grab bites from special dishes moving through the room, like an upscale take on passed appetizers. It’s a German concept known as naschen-style dining.
Named for a type of rare heirloom apple, the spot also features top-notch cocktails from Billy Sunday beverage director Alex Bachman.
841 W. Randolph; Gideonsweet.com
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