Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Restaurants of the future

TheWit Hotel is under construction in Chicago, and they're shooting for an opening in May, coinciding with the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show. That sounds like pretty good timing, given that the NRA show tends to consume every hotel in Chicago over that weekend. In fact, over on the Knot wedding-planning boards, the NRA show is the bane of every Chicago bride who wants to wed that weekend, because she had nowhere to put any of her guests.

Anyway, the hotel will include three restaurants by Atlanta-based restaurant development and management firm, Concentrics Restaurants. We've picked up some renderings from their PR department.

State and Lake: State and Lake will be an artisanal American restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel, overseen by chef Bradley Manchester, previously with Hotel ZaZa in Houston as well as ENVY Steakhouse and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Cibo Matto: "Crazy Food" will do modern Italian, also under chef Todd Stein. Situated on the second floor of the hotel, Cibo Matto will feature a 10-foot glass salumi and cheese display, a 4,000 bottle wine vault and a Chef’s Table in the kitchen, as well as a 30-foot fresco on the ceiling by acclaimed artist and Chicago native, Todd Murphy, who has been collected by celebrities such as Sting and Elton John. This one might open by the end of the summer; ceiling frescoes are time-intensive projects.

Stein will also oversee Roof, a 7,000-square-foot destination serving small plates and artisanal cocktails atop the 27th floor of the hotel, featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces open year-round.