Opening Today: The Dawson
By Sarah Freeman
October 25, 2013
Photo by: Nick Murway
When Billy Lawless (The Gage, Henri) and Branko Palikuca (Topaz, Amber) took over the two-story restaurant space on the intersection of Milwaukee, Halsted and Grand, they had their hands full. Full of 200 seats, two bars, a 150-seat patio and a menu of updated American classics ready to take the culinary world by storm.
To make this ambitious restaurant a reality, the team brought in Rene De Leon (Next, Alinea) to fuse American favorites with ethnic twists. Think pigs in a blanket made with Mandarin-style pork sausage, served in a dumpling steamer. But more of that later.
With the help of general manager Clint Rogers, The Dawson aims to pay tribute to the nearby Dawson Brothers Plant, which manufactured fireplace mantels and grates in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The space reflects the Dawson brothers’ commitment to Chicago industry and their passion for reclaimed Native American artifacts.
The restaurant opens today and hopes to revitalize the area with a one-two punch of undeniably delicious food in a stunning setting.
730 W. Grand Ave.; 312-243-8955