Former Socca chef Roger Herring will be cooking up cuisine from around the world at Grand Tour, which is expected to open in mid-February. "Our menu is very diverse," said director of operations Nick O'Meara. "You're going to get something from every corner of the world." In addition to an a la carte menu, the Lincoln Square spot will spotlight a different country each month through a three-course menu. Canada will kick things off, with the $33 dinner incorporating poutine; salmon served with smoked mussels, fingerling potatoes and cipollini onion hash; and a dessert of house-made maple syrup ice cream over chestnut cake with maple-lingonberry sauce. The restaurant will also be open for lunch and weekend brunch, offering more traditional fare like a pastrami sandwich ($13) on rye bread with Dijon mustard and sauerkraut along with novelties such as a Chinese burrito ($12) packed with hoisin sauce, sausage, sriracha, fried rice, cabbage and eggs. On the beverage side, you'll find complex cocktails such as The Tonewood ($8) a mix of vodka made from maple sap and dry vermouth garnished with a maple smoked bacon-wrapped cherry and a rim of dehydrated bacon. Grand Tour will also offer 14 wines by the glass, a small internationally focused bottle list and 24 beers on draft. "I'm a craft beer drinker and there's been so much focus locally, so we're going to circle back to where beer was invented and go with international crafts," O'Meara said. The beer selection will also be highlighted at monthly beer dinners. "Roger's done beer dinners all over the country, so he's super excited about doing that," O'Meara said. The former Paddy O'Splaines space will seat about 160 at a mix of handmade low- and high-top tables. O'Meara said Grand Tour's exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood walls and pillars and soft lighting give it "an elegant, old-school feel," said O'Meara. The restaurant also features an 80-person patio and space for 50 more people in a private party room equipped with TVs.
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