A actuality TV star is bringing a brand new bar and restaurant specializing in Southern coastal delicacies and cocktails to River North.
Woman Might ought to open in February at 405 N. Wabash Avenue from Memphis Garrett, runner-up on Season 10 of CBS mega-hit Large Brother and CEO of Garrett Hospitality Group. The River North resturant is anticipated to be the primary of a collection of eating places across the nation from Garrett. A follow-up location is slated to open subsequent yr within the firm’s hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I grew up all around the South — born in Kentucky on the Bourbon Path, the son of a bartender,” Garrett says. “The vibe of the place goes to be that, ‘sure ma’am, sure sir’ ode to Southern attraction with blooming magnolias and every little thing. That’s what we need to embody, and the way I grew up.”
Designed across the story of the mysterious Southern belle, Woman Might will draw on the waterfront areas reminiscent of New Orleans, South Florida; Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. Austin Blake, the group’s Florida-born government chef, will relocate to Chicago to guide the restaurant’s culinary group. He’ll search to buck the stereotype of heavy Southern fare with a menu that’s each nostalgic and light-weight sufficient that patrons will grasp round for extra drinks and enjoyable, says Garrett.
Blake and his group are contemplating choices like Idiot’s Gold (Carolina Gold middlins with saffron aioli and pimento cheese), fried-green tomatoes with lardon and remoulade, and blackened mahi-mahi with black bean succotash and fermented okra. They’re additionally considering a uncooked bar with oysters on the half-shell and peel-and-eat shrimp cocktails. Garrett additionally guarantees drink choices like a beer and oyster shooter with fermented scorching sauce made onsite, rum-spiked Spanish espresso, and Baiju Tea with white rum, Lillet Rose, and ginger lavender.
Regardless of the distinct distinction in local weather, Garrett says he’s excited to separate his time between Florida and Chicago. He beforehand opened almost 40 eating places throughout his 12-year tenure as director of openings and operations at Los Angeles-based hospitality model SBE Leisure Group. He’s wanting to make a superb first impression on Chicago’s hospitality business.
“I think about Chicago the culinary capital of the world — the meals and repair are the most effective,” he says. “For me, it was all the time on the checklist to do one thing particular… I don’t assume opening in February might be the most effective concept in Chicago, but it surely’s a possibility to iron out the kinks and see that season flip.”
Many design particulars of the 1,600-square-foot area stay below wraps, Garrett says it can ultimately embrace an indoor-outdoor greenhouse-style gazebo that seats 45 and might be crammed with leafy foliage. He hopes that development on the area might be full by the top of the summer season. Woman Might will share the constructing with a brand new location of omakase restaurant Sushi | Bar, which operates widespread and well-regarded areas in Austin, Texas, and Miami Beach, Florida. One other outpost is slated to open in Dallas.
Lady May Chicago, 405 N. Wabash Avenue, scheduled to open in February.