Bespectacled MasterChef/Top Chef judge Graham Elliot is officially back in the hospitality business. The Chicago-based chef and restaurateur is set to open a brand-new restaurant just over a year after shuttering the last of the concepts in his once-robust portfolio. Gideon Sweet will open in the former Graham Elliot Bistro space in Chicago’s West Loop this October, Eater Chicago reports.
For Gideon Sweet, named for a variety of heirloom apple, Elliot is teaming up with fellow Chicago chef and restaurateur Matthias Merges (of Folkart Restaurant Management). According to Merges, Elliot will help develop the menu and have a stake in the restaurant, which he says will focus on fun.
In May, Elliot announced plans for a restaurant at the upcoming MGM Cotai hotel-casino in Macau. These were the first rumblings of a return to restaurants for Elliot, who closed both sandwich shop Grahamwich and Graham Elliot, his two-Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurant, in 2013. The following year, he opened and closed Connecticut restaurant Primary Food & Drink, and in 2016, the last of Elliot’s restaurants, Graham Elliot Bistro, closed to re-concept.
When Gideon Sweet takes up residency in that space next month, diners can expect dishes like “hand-crafted” Thai curry, salmon-mousse stuffed pastries, and cocktails served on a newly remodeled back patio.