Margeaux Brasserie, Chicago's debut restaurant from James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina, will bring French cuisine to Chicago's historic Gold Coast neighborhood.
Located on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago at 11 East Walton Place, the restaurant will combine the culture and feel of dining at a Parisian café with elevated French cuisine combined with locally sourced ingredients.
Margeaux Brasserie will be joined by Petit Margeaux, a classic French patisserie on the hotel's lobby level.
"I have always admired the hospitality and dining sensibilities of Chicago. When the Waldorf Astoria Chicago presented me with this opportunity, I was thrilled to collaborate with a venerable hotel partner," said Michael Mina, chef and founder of MINA Group. "We have wanted to be part of Chicago's stellar restaurant scene for quite some time and are excited to join this community in the most iconic of neighborhoods with the opening of Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago."
Executive Chef Brent Balika, formerly of The Dawson, will be at the helm of the kitchens of Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux. Mina and Balika collaborated to create a menu that focuses on product and technique, while showcasing regional, Midwestern ingredients. Mina has long favored French cuisine for its bold, craveable flavors and exquisite technique along with its capacity to let exceptional ingredients shine.
"I am honored to be representing MINA Group and the Waldorf Astoria Chicago in my hometown of Chicago," said Balika. "Michael has been a wonderful guiding force in my career and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with him and representing his vision at Waldorf Astoria Chicago."
Margeaux Brasserie will serve breakfast and dinner, along with weekend brunch, at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.
MINA Group is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. MINA Group is led by Chef/Founder Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation "Who's Who of Food and Beverage" inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum's Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2003, Mina Group currently manages 30 concepts.
The AAA Five Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago is a 60-story hotel and residence designed by architect Lucien Lagrange emulating the grand hotels of Paris in the 1920s and is located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood adjacent to the most exclusive shops, restaurants, nightlife, recreation/beach, and businesses.
Through innovations in service and technology, the 215-room hotel creates an energetic and fashion forward luxury experience complete with an award-winning 14,000 square-foot spa & health club; Margeaux Brasserie and Petit Margeaux, along with 24-hour in-room dining; nearly 8,000 square feet of meeting, private dining, and event space inclusive of the cobblestone courtyard.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 26 iconic properties in the world’s most sought after destinations. Hilton has a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories.