Gordon Ramsay has announced a new restaurant in Chicago to open late this year or early 2022. The English chef is bringing his Gordon Ramsay Burger restaurant to a space at Ontario and State streets in River North that previously housed Wahlburgers.
This is Ramsay’s third burger joint and the second one in the US. The chef’s first foray into burgers is at Harrods, London, while the other occupies the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Resort.
The restaurant will seat 120, in a 465 square-metre space, and the chef is promising that it will be one of the most beautiful burger restaurants in the world. Posting on Instagram, the chef said: “That’s right, the Windy City is getting my delicious butter-baste burgers that so many have you come to enjoy in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to see you in the River North area soon.”
Gordon Ramsay has previously made it known that he is planning on creating a “billion-dollar dining proposition” with the expansion of 50 new restaurants in the UK and 200 across Asia, as well as a $100 million-dollar deal with investor Lion Capital to expand in North America.
While those plans may have been delayed due to the pandemic, the scope and scale of the expansion remain unaltered. Chicago is currently laying claim to the title of restaurant capital of the US with a thriving scene of new and well-established restaurants across the board.
Ramsay, who currently holds seven Michelin stars across his restaurants, is passionate about burgers and has long been on a quest to perfect the great American meal. However, one recent creation by the chef didn’t go down too well with the chef’s followers on Instagram, with some labelling it a ‘monstrosity'. We don’t know if this one will feature on the menu at Ramsay’s Chicago outlet.
Ramsay is not the only three-Michelin-star chef to bet on burgers in the post-pandemic world, with French chef Yannick Alleno also unveiling his take on the meat sandwich, while Noma's René Redzepi flipped to serving burgers during the pandemic, which proved so popular he opened a permanent burger restaurant in Copenhagen, POPL.