Grant Achatz’s Next Restaurant in Chicago is famous, possibly in equal measures, for both its food and its rotating menu model. Every year its space holds three different restaurant concepts with three completely different prix fixe menus. And while the 2014 Next season has yet to officially be announced, Achatz is hinting that one of the menus could be steakhouse-themed.
Last night Achatz tweeted a photo of the cover of Chicago Magazine’s Best Steakhouses issue from November 2013 alongside a caption reading simply, "Next. 2014."
No other details were forthcoming, but it seems likely that the 2014 season at Next will include Achatz’s modern take on classic steakhouse cuisine.
On Tuesday Next emailed its "Season Tickets" holders — customers who bought package tickets to all three Next menus in a year — to let them know that the restaurant would be announcing its three 2014 menus this week.
Next also announced the opening of its new private dining facility, The Room.
"Located adjacent to the Office, our private dining room will accommodate up to 10 people in complete privacy and luxury," Next said in an email to season ticket holders. "We will also offer the option to begin your night in The Office prior to dinner. The Room is stunning and we’ll be offering a preview menu by chef Andrew Brochu for the rest of 2013."
The 2013 menus were The Hunt, a menu focused on Midwestern game food; an entirely vegan menu; and then a Bocuse d’Or competition themed menu. Bocuse d'Or will run through December 2013, and then be replaced by the first of the 2014 menus. Steakhouse fare seems like a likely suspect.