The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Restaurant News: Goosefoot Open in Lincoln Square, Acadia Opens in South Loop

By Anthony Todd in Food on Dec 28, 2011 3:45PM

Ryan McCaskey's Acadia is now open. (Photo via Acadia's website.)

- Acadia took the food media by storm when it opened last week - unfortunately, we were gearing up for the holidays and didn't get a chance to visit. The new South Loop spot, located on a dead segment of Wabash Avenue, hopes to bring some new traffic into the area. As South Loopers ourselves, we are definitely looking forward to being regular customers, but two attempts at highish-end dining have died a few blocks south - Room 21 and Cuatro. On the other hand, they didn't have the gorgeous interior design of Acadia or Ryan McCaskey's decadent food. Eater has the opening menu and some photos of the interior.

- We first noticed Goosefoot on OpenTable a few weeks ago while cruising for reservations in Lincoln Square. They opened in November without much fanfare and with only a partial menu, and the price ($90/person for 8 courses) was just a bit too high for us to stop in on a whim. Grubstreet told us about the spot, helmed by former Les Nomades chef Chris Nugent, back in October, but we'd forgotten about it until we walked past the lovely, minimalist dining room. The restaurant serves high-end American cuisine, has only 34 seats and is BYOB, so you can avoid spending hundreds on fancy, marked-up wines and focus on the food. We'll be saving up our pennies for a visit in 2012, when Nugent plans to debut the $140 12-course menu.

- Cyrano's Bistro is re-launching as "Cyrano's Farm and Kitchen." The Trib reports that the 15 year old restaurant plans to close after New Year's Eve. Owner and Chef Didier Durand has decided to move away from overwrought food and towards a new farm-to-table simplicity. The restaurant will add a wine bar (with, gasp, non-French wine). Look for an opening date in mid-January.