Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hyde Park finally gets a trendy eatery

Park 52 (5201 S. Harper Ave., 773-241-5200), the much-needed upscale eatery in Hyde Park, finally arrives today. And even though the American-style bistro's destined to be a trendy after-work hang for the South Side's young urban professionals, what the neighborhood really needs is a late-night spot. But beggars cannot be choosy, right?!

Whatever the case, we're certain this will be a hit for the 'hood because not only is respected restaurateur Jerry Kleiner (Marche, Carnivale, Opera, Gioco, Red Light, Room21) behind it, but he's brought aboard Marc Brooks (also Room21), who has strong ties to the movers and shakers in the African-American community.

Back in the day, Brooks was known for throwing the hottest parties on the South Side that attracted celebrities, political heavyweights and the cream of the crop of the black party crowd. And even though he's mostly moved on from nightlife to dining, expect Park 52 to be jumpin' every weekend. Entrees range from grilled jumbo shrimp and grits ($24) to a 16 oz. bone-in Rib Eye with onion rings ($36).

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