In, oh, about five minutes, the doors will swing open at g.e.b. (841 W. Randolph St., 312-888-2258), the newest restaurant by chef Graham Elliot.
Created with a "Church of Rock 'n Roll" theme, the restaurant will feature a host stand made from a Marshall half-stack amp, cathedral-inspired decor, a private "confessional room" chef's table and a series of saint candles depicting beatified images of such non-saintly folk as Michael Jordan, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Gordon Ramsay and Johnny Cash, among others.
The menus, attached to the backs of vintage 70s and 80s rock LP covers, offer $20-and-less items divided into five categories (cold, hot, pasta, sea, land, sweet) and a surfeit of plus signs. Sample dishes are beet + burrata + arugula, lasagna + oxtail + ratatouille and lions + tiger + bears.
I made the last one up.
The restaurant sits next door to Nellcote, and will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Fun fact: g.e.b. has the same birthday as Graham Elliot -- the restaurant, not the chef.
See the complete menu here.
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