February 28, 2023 | 11:49 AM
Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Group announced a new venture set to open this spring. The Oakville Grill & Cellar, which "aims to bring the ethos of Napa Valley" to Fulton Market, will occupy two floors at 163 N. Green St.
The Oakville Grill & Cellar seeks to translate the vibe of a West Coast winery experience to one that can be enjoyed in the Midwest with an "exclusive California wine list in Chicago" that features 750 wine selections.
The restaurant is a collaboration between Max Robbins, executive chef at Longman & Eagle, and wine director Richard Hanauer, who is a partner at RPM Restaurants — another Lettuce Entertain You venture.
"The Oakville Grill & Cellar combines northern California's charm with Chicago's classic neighborhood dining," Robbins said in a statement. "Our team celebrates these two regions with approachable and uncomplicated cooking alongside a fantastic wine program. From light and crispy buttermilk fried chicken to coal-roasted salmon with stone ground grits and ramps, the menu highlights thoughtful and familiar plates alongside seafood, oak wood grilled and vegetable dishes."
A special feature of The Oakville & Cellar is its tasting room, the Cellar Door. Detailed as a "first of its kind" experience, the restaurant will partner with a different California winery each month to feature the current menu in the private tasting rooms.
Lettuce Entertain You also debuted their event space, 167 Green Events on the 17th floor of the newly built 640,000-square-foot office space. The event space can host groups of 20-400 people and will feature Lettuce Entertain You menu options.
This article originally appeared in Crain's Chicago Business. Read the original article here.
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