Restaurant News: Distillery Coming To Randolph Street, New Chef at Henri
By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 26, 2013 6:40PM
Chef Christopher Gawronski, the new Executive Chef at Henri.
- After Dirk Flanigan left The Gage and Henri in January, we were all left speculating about who would take over the kitchen. Well, they decided to promote from within; Chef Christopher Gawronski, former Chef de Cuisine at Henri, is now the big boss. He's already launched a slightly-modified menu, which we got to taste on Friday. Fans of Henri will not be disappointed, though we can't speak to changes at The Gage yet. New or modified dishes include a smoked steak tartare, a delicious coq au vin, and an intriguing salt-roasted pear pizza.
- Kendal Duque has surfaced again. After leaving City Tavern (which then spiraled through a couple different chefs in six months) he's now headed for American Junkie. Chicago Magazine reports that the bar and restaurant (sometimes referred to as a club) is going to have a menu that is "approachable, but with a chef sensibility." Fancy burger, hanger steak sandwich, and smoked pork shoulder will be among the offerings. Providing quality food for the 17,000 square foot, 2-level space (with a retractable roof) will be a challenge, so we look forward to seeing what Duque comes up with.