- The Table at Crate is their first full-service restaurant
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If you’ve ever wanted to dine inside global home retailer Crate and Barrel’s store or grab a drink while taking a shopping break, you need to make your way to Oak Brook, Illinois. The Table at Crate, Crate and Barrel’s first full-service restaurant in collaboration with acclaimed Chef Bill Kim’s Cornerstone Restaurant Group, opened to guests July 9 and their mission is to create an immersive brand experience beyond the traditional retail setting. This will also be Cornerstone’s first venture into the retail space.
James Beard-nominated Chef Bill Kim will lead the kitchen at The Table at Crate where they will integrate dining and retail experience across two levels of indoor and outdoor space, connecting people through creative food and timeless design.
The menu, developed by Chef Bill Kim, takes a plant-centric approach and celebrates Midwestern seasonality and a modern way of dining that is lighter, brighter and layered in herbaceous flavor. The menu (see full menu below) is divided into shareable Bites, Garden, Greens, Tartines, Bowls and Mains, with many ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. Selection of Tartines, including smashed avocado, pickled red onions and sunflower seeds, or smoked bacon, chicken and greens, atop Publican Quality Bread’s sourdough. Like the food, the cocktails will take cues from the seasons, with a dedication to housemade syrups and juices. The Table at Crate consulted Julieta Campos, who was previously beverage manager at Logan Square cocktail den The Whistler, to design a drink menu that is delicate, nuanced and as welcoming and well-crafted as Kim’s food. Select drinks include:
Hey, Hi, Hello (Tito’s Vodka, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, strawberry-guava syrup, Grand Poppy Amaro and lemon); The Golden Hour (Whiskey Sour with a twist (or two) of allspice and orange bitters); The Delicate Airs (Citadelle gin, Lustau Fino del Puerto sherry, kumquat marmalade, orange flower water and Prosecco).
Afternoon Tea at The Table at Crate offers light bites such as salmon rolls, whipped Boursin with freshly harvested pecans, macarons and more, served alongside tea-infused cocktails – our spin on teatime.
Further blending restaurant and retail, guests can extend their experience by enjoying a signature cocktail as they explore the adjacent Crate and Barrel store. The development of this restaurant is yet another way for Crate and Barrel to continue to surprise and delight its customers within a constantly evolving retail landscape. As part of its partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, Crate and Barrel is also exploring unique and interactive programming on-site, such as chef demos, cookbook dinners and other special events for customers to draw inspiration.
Since this is a full service restaurant within a home design store, we have to point out some of the fab design highlights inside The Table at Crate. Led by the experts at Crate and Barrel, including VP of Product Design and Development Sebastian Brauer, plus interiors designed by Crate and Barrel’s in-house architecture team they sought to give guests a casual modern dining vibe decked with an atmosphere and aesthetic to match.
The space celebrates softly curving lines and modern finishes in a muted jewel tone palette accented by Crate and Barrel’s signature black and white. Materials like dark walnut and white quartzite are accented by sleek brushed brass, which combined create a casual yet elegant vibe that feels both attainable and aspirational.
Featuring a light-filled open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling views of the adjacent fountain and green space, the restaurant offers welcoming spaces for every kind of dining experience, from morning to evening.
Anchoring the space is the elegantly curved bar offering prime views. The bar features a sleek, dark walnut top with a rounded profile and a base of white quartzite, accented with brass and dark gray sculptural tile. Shelving in gleaming curved brass floats in the center, providing bottle display that is both dramatic and functional.
The restaurant’s namesake table is a 13-foot maple stunner designed and fabricated by local artisans Michael W. Dreeben and Ayush Kasliwal with an oxidized brass base where guests can dine solo or with a crew. Overhead, a cloud-like cluster of hand-blown opaline glass pendants by Niche provides a soft glow.
Diners at the Table or seated at the adjacent 30 foot long channeled banquette enjoy a birds’ eye view of the open kitchen, which marries gleaming stainless steel surfaces with dark navy, sculptural tile.
A full-wall art installation conceived and fabricated by the Crate and Barrel design team welcomes diners to the restaurant. Featuring over 100 pieces of classic Crate and Barrel dinner and serveware, the installation celebrates the simple beauty of everyday dining.
Al fresco seating on two levels extends the stylish look and inviting feel of the restaurant in a crisp palette of black and white, coupled with lush green plantings.
The Table at Crate Located at 35 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook
Hours: Mon – Fri:10 am – 9 pm
Saturday:10 am – 9 pm
Sunday:11 am – 6 pm
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