A smaller scale version of the Maggie Daley Restaurant is now slated to go before a city commission. The newly downsized restaurant measures in at 8,000 square feet, considerably less than the original size of 15,750 square feet that was released in 2015.
Still awaiting approval by the city, the glass-walled restaurant is slated to open in 2017, featuring a larger outdoor seating area of 240 seats. Previously the outdoor seating was limited to just 50. Originally, too, the interior consisted of 300 seats but now includes 120.
With Chicago’s Four Corners Tavern Group privately financing construction of the restaurant, the initial ten-year agreement also allows the group to operate the business. As well, Four Corners will have to pay $75,000 in rent each year to the Chicago Park District and fork over five to ten percent of the restaurant’s gross sales.
Previously some opponents of the plan had argued against the restaurant’s height. The controversial structure would also call for clearing out some trees in the southern edge of the park.
The newly downsized plan goes before the Chicago Plan Commission in a public meeting April 21.