Intro Chef Opening New Pilsen Restaurant This Summer

By Anthony Todd in Food on Apr 26, 2017 9:09PM

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Chef Stephen Gillanders. Photo via Lettuce Entertain You.

Intro continues to impress. This is largely thanks to the work of Chef Stephen Gillanders, who first came to Intro as one of its rotating cast of chefs, but ended up staying on and becoming a partner in the restaurant. Gillanders is now striking out on his own, with a new restaurant in Pilsen called S.K.Y.

The restaurant (whose name is apparently an abbreviation for something, but the opening announcement didn't say what) will be located at 1239 W. 18th St. in Pilsen. Normally, the phrase "elevated interpretations of familiar dishes" in an announcement makes me roll my eyes and delete emails, but when Gillanders is involved, I'll make an exception. New awesome-sounding menu items include Maine lobster dumplings with jade butter and herbs and foie gras bipimbap with charred asparagus and mushroom bulgogi. These dishes seem to showcase Gillanders' interest in Asian cuisine - he's traveled extensively in the region, and his recent Intro menus have featured Korean dishes, dim sum and other asian-inspired flavors. The menu will focus on shareable plates.

S.K.Y. (ugh, please change the name) will start with dinner and brunch, and eventually launch lunch service. It will open in late summer 2017.