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Big Jones Temporarily Closed to Undergo ‘Major Renovations’

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Being one of Andersonville’s most well-known restaurants, Big Jones at 5347 N. Clark has enjoyed a very successful run since 2008. The restaurant is now capitalizing on that success by undergoing some major renovations throughout its space.

Big Jones’ chef Paul Fehribach is finally able to expand his empire. Like most small businesses, he was unable to completely renovate the kitchen when he initially opened because of limited resources. However, the restaurant will be closed for the next few weeks to completely gut the kitchen and add a new prep area in the basement.

Fehribach told Chicago Magazine that the small space has been very difficult to work in over the last 10 years. He is excited to be able to rebuild his work area into his dream space opening up additional possibilities for the restaurant which has received much acclaim for its Southern-style cooking.

In addition, the wall between the kitchen and the dining room will be torn down and replaced with a chef’s counter that will sit about 6-8 people. Patrons will likely be able to partake in a higher-end menu for dinner there.

The menu will also get a bit of a facelift. While Fehribach is known for taking people on a food journey and transporting them to a time-gone-by in Southern cooking, he is eager to start experimenting with ‘modern global South’ cuisine. Expect to see more fusion dishes which are taking over the South; blending in flavors from Africa, the Caribbean, Vietnam, China and Central America.

The restaurant is expected to be closed throughout most of March and reopen at the end of the month.


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