After months and months of speculation, anticipation and dropping gazillions of dollars in rent on a space that sat vacant for more than a year, the parcel of land at 1631 Wazee Street, formerly Il Fornaio, is finally springing back to life.
TurnTable Restaurant Group, comprised of notable New York restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, his offspring Zach (both of whom are the king and prince, respectively, of New York-based China Grill Management) and restaurateur Dan Smith, are set to unleash Big Game tomorrow to the public, after hosting practice dinners this past week.
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Loosely resembling a mountain lodge, the dining room is bedecked with hardwood floors, an ambient, amber-glowing gas fireplace, espresso-hued, cushy leather chairs, an impressive arched entrance of antlers that's the passageway between the bar and dining room, an exposed kitchen and what has got to be the single largest television on the planet -- close to 40 feet -- mounted, impossibly unobtrusively, to the far wall.
The Chodorows brought in Japan-born Leo Harvey to spearhead the galley. Classically trained, Harvey did time in at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, before being recruited by the Chodorows as the sous chef for Maxim Prime Steakhouse, and later as an instrumental figure in the development of El Scorpion Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, both of which are canopied under China Grill Management. Harvey, say the Chodorows, "plans to bring his worldly knowledge and past experiences to the plate with big flavors and innovative yet approachable food."
Big Game will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more info, call 303-623-1630.