Celebrity chef Kerry Simon is returning home, at least temporarily.
The Evanston native is revamping Chuck’s Manufacturing restaurant into Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, opening Nov. 19. Mr. Simon is partnering with his brother, Scott, who will be the executive chef of the “retro chic” Michigan Avenue restaurant.
“I love coming home,” Mr. Simon said. “I’ve wanted to do something here for years.”
Mr. Simon has worked around the United States and Latin America for two decades, from namesake restaurants in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Atlantic City, N.J., to a restaurant in the Hard Rock Hotel’s location in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. He has also appeared on a spate of food-themed television programs, winning “Iron Chef America” in a hamburger battle during the show’s second season.
Rolling Stone magazine named Mr. Simon the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef,” and the 160-seat Chicago restaurant will reflect this persona. Designers took out bright colors to make way for James Bond-inspired decor, featuring black lacquer and gold metallic accents popularized by “Goldfinger.”
The menu stays true to Mr. Simon’s preference for American classics, with meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, and hamburgers. Carrie Meghie, founder of Chuck’s brand manager Becker Entertainment, said the Iron Chef hamburger is her favorite new item on the menu.
“Quality and the creativity is something Kerry brings to the table,” she said. “We currently have a very loyal following, and partnering with Kerry Simon elevates the food to the next level.”