The list saws were buzzing in a West Loop as workers scurried inside Proxi, a new more-casual griddle from a owners of Sepia. Chef Andrew Zimmerman and co-owner Emmanuel Nony currently announced they’re targeting a second week of Jun to open their second griddle during 565 W. Randolph St., usually 20 feet from their first.
The libation module will be one of a large differences that sets a dual restaurants apart. While Sepia is famous for a endless booze list, Proxi will combine on cocktails and beer. Proxi’s menu is to underline travel food from around a world, desirous by travels to Asia and Europe. The drinks will element those tellurian influences with splash from countries like Japan, India, and Mexico. They won’t combine on internal beer, yet a window has been left open for collaborations with Chicago breweries regulating outlandish ingredients. The libation module will concentration on fun, Nony said. They’re going to use less-familiar mixture in confidant ways, pronounced GM Petros Papatheofanis. During a Monday media walkthrough, staff served a sharp tequila splash bedecked with a pineapple wedge.
But booze drinkers shouldn’t equivocate a place. “We will have a really precipitated booze list, it will be a small shorter and some-more concise,” Zimmerman explained.
Nony explained how Zimmerman’s judgment brought him behind to his times in Indonesia and Bali, where he spent time during backyard parties as hosts grilled fish that was formerly hold in tanks that guest could see. Zimmerman’s been watchful 8 years to showcase some-more than Sepia will allow. It cost too most to retrofit Sepia with a correct movement for a wood-burning stove, so they relied on gas. But Proxi’s kitchen offers opportunity. Its kitchen’s wood-burning griddle and a Josper—a coal-burning oven from Spain—will assistance build opposite flavors. Zimmerman also talked about how he prefers an open kitchen instead of being trapped where he can’t see a dining room. He wants that tie with diners.
Werner Printing is still located upstairs, and folks downstairs during Proxi can still hear a edition press from time to time. Werner closes adult during 3 p.m., that is good since Proxi will primarily usually offer dinner. Lunch and weekend brunch could be combined depending on area demand, Nony said.
An oval-shaped marble bar that should have 12 seats highlights a loll area on a Jefferson side of a restaurant. The full menu will be accessible during a bar to keep a practice consistent. The windows will pitch out to a travel where there will be path seating.
The seats by a Randolph Street windows will be private and romantic, Nony said. Meanwhile there will be fate nearby a loll space to yield serve separation. Proxi’s private eventuality space has room for 14, and Zimmerman pronounced it will eventually be flashy with a booze display. Zimmerman’s mother is operative on a song playlist to take advantage of a new sound system. Expect an heterogeneous preference of tellurian beats to set a mood.
Zimmerman and Nony should have most some-more to share in a entrance weeks. The griddle will horde a private eventuality on Monday to applaud a James Beard Awards.