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Chef Laurent Tourondel is behind this casual American eatery on the northern edge of River North in the former Brasserie Ruhlman space. He describes it as a little bit of everything for a group that can't agree on what they want to eat: sandwiches, grilled meats, pizzettas, contemporary sushi and a raw bar. "It's very casual," says Tourondel."It's a brasserie, so nothing very fancy. This is kind of like a concept where you can come three or four times a week and not eat the same thing." Weekend brunch brings dishes such as gingerbread challah French toast and steak and eggs with mushrooms. The namesake of New York's popular restaurants BLT Steak, BLT Prime, BLT Fish and others, Tourondel is no longer involved with BLT Restaurant group but is setting out on his own with this new concept. He is also planning to open a location of BLT American Brasserie in New York.