The Kennison, New Restaurant at Chicago’s Hotel Lincoln, Opening July 6

The restaurant is a partnership between Boka Group and 90/94 Restaurant Group
Kennison Chicago
Christine Domino

The menu at The Kennison comes from chef Bill Walker.

The Kennison, the restaurant going into the former Perennial Virant space at the Hotel Lincoln, has announced its opening date: Thursday, July 6.

The opening represents a new direction for the Boka Restaurant Group, which has already tried two other restaurants in the space. Perennial Virant and, before that, Perennial, featured high-profile chefs (Ryan Poli and Paul Virant, respectively) and were critically successful, but The Kennison (a partnership with 90/94 Restaurant Group, a new project created by Ryan See and Dan Warren) looks to appeal more to neighborhood critics.

"We want it to be welcoming and fun," says chef Bill Walker, a veteran of Wood Restaurant, Salero and Old Town Social. "It'll be a little bit more approachable. We have a hamburger on the menu and two pastas."

Of course, this being a Boka-related project, The Kennison will still be more ambitious than your regular neighborhood joint. It will have a raw bar, staffed by what the restaurant is referring to as a "rawtender," where you'll find fresh oysters, tuna tartare and a rotating crudo selection. It will also make good on its location by using a lot of produce from Green City Market, across the street.

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To read more details about the new restaurant from the Chicago Tribune, click here.