Bill Kim opening Belly Q, an Asian barbecue restaurant, in the West Loop

Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim

Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim Photograph: Anna Knott

A few weeks back one sixtyblue anncounced its closure. A few days later, Eater reported that chef Michael McDonald would not be part of whatever was to replace it. This morning, worlds collided as the press release announced: MICHAEL JORDAN AND CORNERSTONE RESTAURANT GROUP JOIN FORCES WITH CHEF BILL KIM TO INTRODUCE BELLY Q, AN ASIAN BARBECUE CONCEPT.

The connection between Kim (the former [node:148485 link=Charlie Trotter’s;] chef de cuisine who set the trend of chefs going downscale when he left Le Lan to open [node:149977 link=Urbanbelly;] and subsequently [node:150247 link=Belly Shack;]) and Cornerstone (which operates, among other restaurants, [node:14902779 link=Michael Jordan's Steak House;] and [node:178071 link=WAVE;]) stemmed, per the press release, from "a chance conversation." Here's what else we know: (1) Belly Q will go into the former one sixtyblue space at 1400 W Randolph. (2) The projected opening date is this spring. (3) The buildout of the restaurant will feature "materials chosen for their overlooked beauty." And as for the food, (4) "Expect a flavor palette that's boldly smoky and brightly piquant, with a depth of flavor that sneaks up on you and leaves you wanting more." As though we would expect anything less from Bill Kim. 

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