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Suburban chef perks up urban lounge menu

Michael Lachowicz

Michael Lachowicz

For all you Chicago residents who are afraid to venture outside city limits, here’s your chance to sample the fare of one of the suburbs’ top chefs without disturbing your urban sensibilities.

Chef Michael Lachowicz of restaurant Michael in Winnetka is serving a stint as consulting chef for Mercer One Thirteen, bringing his French-inspired cuisine to River North.

“The owners of Mercer … are customers of mine at Restaurant Michael and have brought a beautiful concept to the city which combines the best of both worlds; a fine-dining restaurant and a sexy late-night lounge,” Lachowicz says. “This is my first foray in the city, since my restaurants have always been located in the suburbs. It has also been fun to get outside my classical French mode of cooking to create a menu that fits Mercer’s personality perfectly.

“I have been actively working in the kitchen and having a great time. The owners want to focus on fine dining and this project turns Mercer into a new place, really.”

Lachowicz’s new menu features dishes such as salmon with wild mushrooms and black peppercorn Champagne sauce and pan-roasted breast and thigh of chicken with gratin potato, as well as a Kobe short-rib burger.