The popular French restaurant “Sex in the City” is part of the New York group’s expansion in Chicago

The New York City-based restaurant group, calling itself the group, is bringing three East Coast restaurants to downtown Chicago starting with an Italian this winter, followed by French and Japanese in 2023.

Olio e Più, a trattoria and enoteca restaurant, is coming this winter to 445 N.Dearborn Street in River North, followed in spring by the cavernous French spot La Grande Boucherie and Omakase Room restaurant at 431 S.Dearborn Street in the Loop.

Set to debut in November or December in Chicago, Olio e Più was established as the group’s first project in 2010 in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The new River North location aims to promote a more upscale than authentic New York vibe, says Marketing Director Milena Pavlovska, and will combine additional Mediterranean-style dishes with raw materials, fine meats and an extensive wine list. The 300-seat restaurant shows off a spacious and airy design with white arched ceilings, dark wood furnishings, and elegant white subway tiles, all offset by green accents and botanical life.

Olio e Più will seat 300.
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Despite the group’s roots in New York, La Grande Boucherie’s Art Deco aesthetic may ring a bell in the Chicago Carries, Mirandas and Charlottes: The Midtown NYC location, which opened in November 2020, made a cameo in episode 8 of And like that…The Sex and the City Reboot on HBO Max. A Loop version of the grand brasserie and steakhouse that will hold at least 400 people will preserve the spirit of the original restaurant: it is designed to evoke the French Belle Époque period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries – an era usually associated with cultural sophistication and a luxurious aesthetic that gave birth to the Art Nouveau movement. “Life was beautiful and everything was extravagant and huge,” Pavlovska says. “Everything we do [at Le Grande Boucherie] great. ”

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Large dining room with U-shaped bar and wooden furniture.

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A white giant domed ceiling over rows and rows of four tables.

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Le Grande Boucherie will accommodate at least 400 seats.

The group’s Japanese restaurant, Omakase Room, would share a building with La Grande Boucherie, but otherwise wouldn’t look like his brother. Simple and intimate with 10 to 12 seats, you will stick to the omakase tradition with several courses prepared by the chef and delivered directly to the customer. The operators have not yet chosen an executive chef.

Founded in 2010 by entrepreneur and tech investor Emil Stefkoff, the group operates seven restaurants in New York City and is poised to reveal new venues in Miami and Washington, DC. e Più status on the platform). In 2019, Eater questioned the efforts of the group and other hospitality companies to take advantage of the service and attract more diners. Stay tuned for updates on the opening dates of the three restaurants.

Olio e Più445 N. Dearborn Street, scheduled to open in winter 2022; La Grande Boucherie And the Omakase room431 Dearborn Street, scheduled to open in Spring 2023.

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