Fans of Memphis-style BBQ will have a new place to visit as of today since Food Network Star, Chopped Grill Masters and Chef Chad Rosenthal expands The Lucky Well’s footprint to include Chicago’s South Loop.
As his original location in Ambler, Pennsylvania, the restaurant focuses on Memphis-style dry-rub meats, top-shelf whiskey and classic craft cocktails in a live blues atmosphere. The restaurant is part of the Roosevelt Collection Shops.
As part of his research, Rosenthal visited local barbecue joints and legendary blues stages and is hoping to make the restaurant a genuine coming-together moment of the iconic atmosphere of Chicago blues and delicious cuisine. As such, in addition to hosting live blues music, the kitchen will be cooking up specialty dishes such as Chef’s locally sourced dry-aged steaks, Farmer’s Market salads, unique spins on fried catfish, and more, every weekend.
While The Lucky Well’s number one seller is Memphis dry-rub ribs, the idea is that guests will have plenty of choices on the menu from which to choose.
While there aren’t a ton of BBQ joints located in South Loop, until now, there are outposts nearby in some of the Loop’s dining halls, Chinatown, and the West Loop. Smoque, decorated with a Michelin Bib Gourmand, has a spot in Revival Food Hall, Daebak Korean BBQ is in nearby Chinatown and across the Kennedy expressway is Green Street Smoked Meats is in the West Loop.
I love it when restauranteurs bring in a piece of their own history into the design and in keeping with Rosenthal’s love of his hometown of Philadelphia, his restaurant will include elements from old churches, schools, and other vintage items acquired through a partnership with Philadelphia Salvage Company.
Chicagoans love its BBQ and it’ll be interesting to see how The Lucky Well does in this part of town.