We were genuinely shocked by yesterday’s announcement that Paul Virant would take the executive chef position at Perennial. However, the more we thought about the move the more it started to make a lot of sense. Virant is a huge supporter of the Green City Market, and he’ll now have a restaurant that is literally across the street from it. While we still don’t know exactly what will be on the menu and how much it will cost, we were able up five new facts thanks to some great interviews in Chicago Magazine and the 312 Dining Diva, which shed more light on the exciting new project.
• Perennial will close for about two weeks following Ryan Poli’s departure on March 7. - Chicago Magazine
• The restaurant won’t be completely gutted, but 555 Design will be brought in to make some changes. - Chicago Magazine
• Virant’s current restaurant in Western Springs, Vie, will remain open. - Chicago Magazine
• According to co-owner Kevin Boehm, the food at Perennial Virant will be “Vie [at heart], a little less expensive. More approachable.” - Chicago Magazine
• Co-owners, Boehm and Rob Katz, have been fans of Virant for a while now. In fact, to celebrate the opening of Girl & the Goat, they both took Stephanie Izard to celebrate at Vie. - 312 Dining Diva