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American gastropub featuring hand-carved
roasted meats opens in River North
SideDoor, a relaxed, sophisticated
American gastropub from Lawry’s Restaurants, Inc., celebrates its Grand OpeningFebruary 18,
2014 in River North.
Enter SideDoor on the Rush Street side of the historic McCormick
Mansion to find a formal turn-of the-century dining space and bar transformed
into a casual, one-of-a-kind gastropub — a unique, welcoming gathering spot and
neighborhood retreat with a personality all its own. “SideDoor has a ‘come as
you are’ vibe, the perfect place to savor craft cocktails and sample small
bites.” said General Manager Max Maxwell. “We’re turning out delicious, shareable plates
and sandwiches with a focus on premium roasted meats such as Lawry’s Prime Rib
that appeals to a new generation of beef lovers.”
By combining quarter pound portions of perfectly cooked Lawry’sPrime Rib ($15), Slow
Roasted & Glazed Short Rib ($15), Prime
Angus Sirloin ($14) and Herb Roasted
Turkey ($9)along with mustards,
horseradishes, pickles and freshly baked breads, guests can create a signature Roasted Meat Board. Pairing this dish
with selections from the extensive drink menu and sharing it family-style
captures the essence of the SideDoor culinary experience.
Executive Chef Vic Newgren oversees a seasonally changing menu.
The seven-ounce Angus beef SideDoor
Cheeseburger grilled under a beautiful copper hood and topped with
Wisconsin Cheddar and Vic sauce ($11), a hand-carved Lawry’s Prime RibSandwich
with au jus and horseradish ($16)and
a House Smoked Pastrami with
giardiniera and cheese rarebit on a pretzel roll ($13)are among the Hot ‘n TastySandwiches offered. Diners can
choose from bites like Prime Rib Chili
Cheese Fries ($9), Spicy Glazed
Chicken Wings ($11)and IPA Beer Pretzels ($6)or match a Shaved Veggie Salad ($9) or Crisp
Kale Caesar ($10)with Prime Rib Chili ($9), Beer Braised Mussels ($12) or Colorado Lamb Shank Pie ($23).They can also enjoy a selection of
artisanal cow, sheep or goat cheeses and charcuterie from the Midwest and
beyond on a Chef’s Plate ($17)or SideDoor Sampler ($25).
The SideDoor beverage program, led by Andrew
Macker, showcases regional flavors with a distinctive list of craft beers and
cocktails. Locally brewed beers include Two
BrothersCane & Ebel ($8), Three FloydsPride & Joy ($7), TyraneaRocky’s Revenge ($7) and Founder’sBreakfast Stout ($9) among many others. The Michigan Mustang with North Shore Vodka, house-made Fernet, cherry
compote and ginger ($12) and Smoked Negroni with Aperol,
FEW barrel aged gin, Punt e Mes and smoked ice cubes ($13)are examples of a changing cocktail menu that promises new,
sometimes surprising but always satisfying tastes. An expertly curated
selection of international wines is designed to pair perfectly with any
Aria Group Architects and members of the Frank family, owners of
SideDoor, worked together closely during construction to transform aformal turn-of-the-century dining room and bar into aunique space informed by a genuinely eclectic and
original design aesthetic. Modern touches highlight and complement existing
vintage features. Rich woods, marble mosaic flooring, comfortable lounge
seating, subdued lighting and the sounds of classic American jazz, blues and
rock create a warm, intimate ambience ideal for lingering over drinks while
sharing great food and conversation.
SideDoor, located on the corner of Ontario and Rush Streets in
Chicago’s River North neighborhood, is open for dinners from 5pm-11pm.
Reservations are not taken.
For more information call 312.787.6768, visit SideDoorChicago.com
or follow SideDoor on Twitter and Facebook for flash updates and news.