Porkchop to open May 9 in the West Loop
Since the nightlife operator Dion Antic resurfaced in Chicago a couple years ago, he's opened and closed Rockstar Dogs, opened and closed the Shady Lady, and opened two Bagel on Damens (with a food truck on the way). His next project is Porkchop (941 W Randolph St, 312-773-9333), the latest in a spurt of new restaurants, diners and cafés in the West Loop. So what is Porkchop? "It's being uninterested in dress codes, zip codes and trend-chasing," replies the press release. It's about "comfort food" from Delano Crawford. It will serve 40 varieties of whiskey "only neat (with personal ice buckets and water to boot)" (press release again). It hopes to bring in an industry crowd with late-night hours (until 2am Tuesday–Saturday and midnight on Sundays) and a 50-seat Randolph Street sidewalk patio. And the chef will even take suggestions for menu items, which, for a restaurant named Porkchop, aren't as porcine-heavy as one might fear. Not that this food is light: For proof, check out the working menu after the jump, especially a dish called "cheeseburger mac and cheese."