Hey, Foodies! Do you like Top Chef contestant, Fabio Viviani and his wildly popular Siena Tavern restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood? Do you crave the Mexican cuisine served up by Chef Patricio Sandoval at his NY/Chicago restaurant Mercadito? Then you will love Rustle + Roux, the new, upscale, multi-concept breakfast/lunch café in Chicago’s Loop!
Rustle + Roux opened this week to the public. It operates between the hours of 7am-2pm and until 3pm (for grab & go options).
Located inside The Franklin Building at 227 West Monroe (between Washington and Franklin) on the 2nd floor, this place offers building tenants and the general public upscale dining options among 7 food stations incuding:
- Mercadito Taqueria – by Chef Patricio Sandoval
- Mercato – by Chef Fabio Viviani
- Grill options
- Deli options
- Illy Café
- Salad and Yogurt station
- Soup and Oatmeal
Executive Chef Benjamin Browning presides over the grill, deli and sandwich stations and the other grab & go offerings on site. Soon Chef Browning will open a cocktail bar on the 29th floor of Franklin Building called R 29 (I am told). This bar only will be open to tenants of The Franklin Building from 3-7pm (I hope he changes his mind and lets the rest of the neighborhood in ;))
This Monday I was invited to the official launch where I had a chance to chat with the chefs, enjoy some tasty free samples and take pictures of their fabulous food offerings. Having no lunch date for the day (It’s OK. No need to cry for me!), I was happy to accept this invitation and sail on over there solo. After all, a girl has got to eat and I am always roaming around town looking for new lunch spots to share with my friends.
Fabio Viviani was there attending to his house made pasta, gnocchi and panini items. There was also a raffle for Chef Viviani’s collection of Aeternum ceramic, non-stick cookware, his new cookbook, as well as coupons for the Rustle + Roux café and sets of Illy Café coffee and espresso cups. There was even a 3-piece string band in attendance to celebrate the occasion. Lovely! Although, I have not heard anything since Monday so I will assume I did not win any of the raffle prizes (Slightly heavy sigh!)
All of the food served at the different stations is made fresh on-site. Chef Browning is actually smoking his meats on-site, including the scrumptious looking pork belly pictured below! And, yes, it smelled just as great it looks. Pretty impressive because I cannot imagine his kitchen is very large here.
The space at Rustle + Roux is bright and inviting with individual tables, larger booths and high-top communal dining tables.
Rustle + Roux will also be offering special catering menus to customers both on-site and off-site.
I will definitely be back solo and with friends. Check it out yourselves! Visit www.rustleandroux.com.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Rustle + Roux!!
ROAM. REVEL. REPEAT.