Atlanta Restaurant Group Comes To Chicago (In, Like, A Year)

This just in: State Street hotel-in-progress theWit (lack of space and internal capitalization [sic]) is contracting their dining to Concentrics Restaurants:

theWit’s first floor will feature an Americana restaurant, serving the country’s best traditional cuisine. A fine dining restaurant offering authentic Italian fare will helm the hotel’s second floor, while a chic lounge and eatery will be situated on the 27th floor rooftop, offering hotel guests and Chicago locals a sharp rooftop lounge with unique indoor and outdoor seating boasting a strong beverage program and chef driven small plates.

Some cursory research reveals to be the Atlanta, GA equivalent of Lettuce Entertain You — a stable of glossy concept restaurants that tend to pull in really solid reviews, pay a lot of attention to atmosphere, and know how to appeal to their clientele.

Plus, CitySearch Atlanta voted TAP, their “upmarket and eclectic” gastropub, the eighth-best first date spot in the city. That’s something!

Thus far they’ve only got spots open in Georgia and Florida, though, so it remains to be seen how well an expansion to Chicago goes over. theWit (the spacing and capitalization are killing us!) isn’t scheduled to open until May 2009, so we’ve got some breath-holding time ahead of us.

The Restaurants at The Wit [Official Site]
Nationally Acclaimed Restaurant Group to Launch Concepts in Chicago’s theWit Hotel [Yahoo/Press Release]

Atlanta Restaurant Group Comes To Chicago (In, Like, A Year)