Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Here Comes Another Steakhouse Chain
The old Esquire Theater on Oak Street has been vacant for far too long, so it's good to know that something's finally going to occupy that massive space.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, which also operates Sullivan's Steakhouse, is set to open there in December.
The space is 23,000 square feet, which will make Del Frisco's the largest in the city. Architects plan to restore the original interior features as well as the familiar "Esquire" sign overlooking Oak Street.
This will be quite the ambitious project, considering that right around the corner is Gibson's Steakhouse—which came in at #10 as one of the country's top grossing restaurants, according to Restaurants & Institutions. It made $19,977,039 in sales in 2009.
Look for Del Frisco's to compete with signature dishes like the jumbo lump crab cake drizzled with a Cajun lobster sauce, Maque Choux corn cooked al dente with Tasso ham, and USDA Prime steaks from Chicago Union Stock Yards.