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Chef Paul Virant Opening New Restaurant in Hinsdale

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James Beard Award-nominated Chef Paul Virant (Vie, Perennial Virant), along with the help of business partner Glen Gardner, expands his culinary empire with Vistro (112 S. Washington St., Hinsdale, IL), opening in late summer 2014.

The rustic, bistro-style restaurant will focus on seasonal food and drinks, staying true to Chef Virant’s philosophy of showcasing products from the Midwest. With a menu featuring an array of comfort food favorites such as fried chicken, wood-oven pizza, and meatloaf, Vistro promises to serve as a staple in the community. From food enthusiasts to families on-the-go, Vistro’s offerings of approachable snacks and dishes will please any palate. Desserts focus on childhood favorites including a soft serve machine churning out seasonal flavors.

Chef Virant’s team from his celebrated fine dining restaurant, Vie, including Pastry Chef Elissa Narow and Bar Manager Bill Anderson, will lead the pastry and beverage programs, respectively.

A wood burning oven serves as the focal point of the dining room, a space that features a relaxed vibe designed by Chef Virant’s wife, Jennifer, and Jody Tate. Vistro boasts more than 80 seats in the dining room, with a large bar offering handcrafted mocktails and cocktails.

Vistro will be open Monday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. Phone number and website to come at a later date.

About Chef Paul Virant:

Since opening his flagship restaurant, Vie, in Western Springs, Illinois in 2004, Chef, Author, and Restaurateur Paul Virant has risen to nationwide acclaim for his contemporary Midwestern cuisine. His philosophy of local, seasonal eating stems from techniques he learned on his family’s farm in Missouri that continue to spark his creativity today. In 2005, before Vie had been open for a full year, Chicago magazine named Virant the city’s Best New Chef. In addition to Michelin-starred Vie, he brings his culinary prowess to the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood as partner and executive chef of Boka Restaurant Group’s Perennial Virant, which he opened in 2011, followed by the J. Parker, a rooftop lounge and bar, both located at Hotel Lincoln. Virant’s accolades include: a just-announced nomination for James Beard Foundation’s 2014 Best Chef: Great Lakes; a 2014, 2013, and 2011 nominee for James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Great Lakes; 2007 Best New Chef by Food & Wine; 2007 Jean Banchet Award for Culinary Excellence as Top Celebrity Chef; and 2005 Best New Chef by Chicago magazine in 2005. He has also competed on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” Vie earned its Michelin star in 2011.

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