Friday, October 10, 2008

Tallulah's team set to open second restaurant, Eve, in Gold Coast October 27

With superlative critical acclaim and a busy Lincoln Square restaurant under their belts, Tallulah's owner Matt Fisher and his executive chef Troy Graves are again teaming up, bringing their magical formula to the Gold Coast with their new restaurant, Eve , (840 N. Wabash) which will open October 27 for lunch, and a week later for both lunch and dinner. Three-star Tallulah, a romantically chic contemporary American restaurant that has received rave reviews, made it clear that the Fisher/Graves team have their pulse on what Chicagoans are seeking in an upscale, yet casual restaurant.

Eve, which will be a bit more formal than Tallulah but still aimed at a casual-chic lunch and dinner crowd, will cater to the varied and sophisticated neighborhood population. "We love this area and jumped at the chance to open here," said Fisher. "The crowd is a wonderful blend of businesspeople, trendy shoppers and stylish residents, not to mention the large number of visitors who come here to be part of the scene."

"The menu at Eve will have many similarities to Tallulah, but will offer some unique, refined twists," says Chef Graves, who will oversee the kitchens at both Tallulah and Eve. "We will focus on fresh, seasonal flavors and interesting taste/texture combinations. We draw primarily from a modern American palate but we bring Asian, Indian and Continental elements into play in a fun way." Look for dishes such as grilled lobster sausage with chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, pearl onions and maple béchamel. The restaurant will also feature many excellent, moderately priced wines by the glass.

Eve 's décor will be airy and contemporary-soft blue-gray tones, reflective glass mosaic wall adornments, light flowing drapery and dark wood floors which will be offset by large ceiling to floor windows and crisp, white table linens and contemporary table settings. Guests will delight in the shimmering light fixtures that represent modern takes on the chandelier. The space, which has a capacity of 120 people, features a main dining room, a bar area in the rear, and a semi-private dining area off to the side that can be curtained off for private celebrations. There's also an intimate private dining room for up to 18 people. Next spring, alfresco table service for 40 will be added.

Graves earned his culinary stripes as sous chef, then executive chef at Meritage before coming to Tallulah. He anticipates a strong lunch business, and is creating a lunch menu that will present many unique, quick-preparation dishes for people who enjoy excellent food, but have limited time.

Eve, located at 840 N. Wabash Avenue in Chicago, will open October 27. Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dinner will be served 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, November 5. Dinner will be served until 11 p.m. on Saturdays and a limited menu will be served until midnight nightly. Eve will serve Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Sunday, November 9. Eve is closed on Sunday evenings.

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