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Spike Mendelsohn's plans for Chicago restaurant on hold

"Top Chef All-Stars" and "Life After Top Chef" alumnus has put aside Chicago plans to focus on restaurants in Washington, D.C.

  • Spike Mendelsohn on "Life After Top Chef"
Spike Mendelsohn on "Life After Top Chef" (William B. Plowman/Bravo )
November 12, 2012|By Erin Brereton | For RedEye

Although “Top Chef All-Stars” alumus Spike Mendelsohn recently mentioned plans to open a Chicago restaurant on Bravo’s “Life after Top Chef,” it looks like it won’t be happening anytime soon.

Rumors about a Chicago-based restaurant from Mendelsohn date back to early 2011. The eatery was first said to be an outpost of Mendelsohn’s We, the Pizza, the New York-style pizzeria he opened in summer 2010 in Washington, D.C.

In December 2011, director of marketing and communications Micheline Mendelsohn (who is also Spike's sister) told RedEye that he had decided to instead open a Good Stuff Eatery—his hand-crafted burger, fry, salad and shake joint, which has three D.C. locations—in Chicago.

But as of early November, plans for a Chicago location were indefinitely on hold, Micheline said.

“Chicago is taking a backseat,” she said. “We’ve already been down the road on three different locations that have all not happened. “

The company is currently concentrating on opening a Good Stuff in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood and rolling out a new concept in D.C. called Bearnaise.

Bearnaise, a sit-down spot serving upscale grub that Micheline described as having “a relaxed, steak frites vibe,” is scheduled to open in late February 2013.

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