MK chef to head new Southern American restaurant in Hyde Park

Phil Vettel

Erick Williams, who was the executive chef at MK restaurant for its final six years and who helped launch County Barbeque on Taylor Street, has signed a lease on the former A10 space (1462 E. 53rd St.) in Hyde Park.

Opening day is too far off to hazard a guess, but Williams says the as-yet-unnamed concept will be Southern American.

“The idea centers around an American Southern restaurant that leads with a culture of hospitality,” he said in a statement. “The restaurant will evoke the warmth of my great grandmother’s home. This warmth I speak of is an honest, kind and loving space where I was noticed, where I mattered, and where I was valued. We know service, timing and, most important, how to make people feel great; that is our model.”

Expect Southern tradition, but perhaps not traditional preparation, Williams said.

“I want to win diners’ trust with flavors they’re accustomed to,” he said, “and appeal to their sophistication by introducing heritage techniques that yield bold, healthy versions of the same flavors, and some new ones.”

Stay tuned.

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