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Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz

Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz

Lara Kastner

The opening of Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas's fourth restaurant, Roister, a long-awaited first foray into something other than fine dining, has already been pushed back a few times. Now, because of construction delays, Achatz says the launch is scheduled for sometime around Thanksgiving. Plans for the space, the former Ing, at 951 W. Fulton (adjacent to Next), will include a la carte open-hearth cooking, though the style of food—described by the chef as "rustic but refined"—is as yet unknown. In this ultracasual environment, Aviary executive chef Andrew Brochu will helm the kitchen, cooks may serve guests, and tables will be sold via Kokonas's Tock ticketing system (though a number of seats will be reserved nightly for walk-ins). It stands to be the most affordable of the group's restaurants, with Kokonas predicting $50-$60 checks for two-tops.

Expected to open in late November. 951 W. Fulton Market


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