This is The Feast 14, in which we highlight the most anticipated projects of the new season. Here now, we take a look at Stephanie Izard's forthcoming sibling to Girl & The Goat, a retro(ish) diner called The Little Goat.
Stephanie Izard could easily rest on her laurels. She won Top Chef, was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef, penned a cookbook, and presides over one of the hottest restaurants in town. But this past spring, Izard announced plans to open a new venture: a retro-inspired diner called The Little Goat. A Connecticut native, Izard says inspiration struck on a recent trip to the East Coast. She told Eater this past spring, "Growing up, we always went to diners after the bars or in the morning for breakfast. There were diners everywhere. There don't seem to be diners in Chicago."
To remedy this, Izard will open The Little Goat this fall at a location "within steps" of Girl & The Goat. The 100-seat restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a menu of old-school classics like patty melts, burgers, milkshakes, and club sandwiches.
Of course, don't expect the grease-laden platters of traditional diners; Izard says they'll cure their own bacon for the club sandwich, use house-poached tuna for the melt, and have a goat burger on the menu. Still, she's adamant that the word "gastro" doesn't belong anywhere near The Little Goat. As expected, BOKA Group is behind this venture. There is no word yet on an exact opening date, or whether grizzled waitresses named Flo will refill your coffee and call you "sweetcheeks." [The Feast; Eater]