Nellcôte to Open on Randolph Street
A new spot with a rock-star decadence
Mint Creek lamb loin with sweetbreads, artichokes, niçoise olives, and smoked honey
Jared Van Camp, Chris Freeman, and Chris Dexter (Old Town Social) want Nellcôte, which name-checks the French Riviera mansion where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street, to capture the vibe of that notoriously debauched summer-long party in 1971. But instead of heroin chic, the stylized Euro revamp of the old Marché space (think Italian marble staircases and wrought-iron gates) promises locavore details like handmade pastas and Neapolitan pizzas, plus a kitchen team that produces its own flour with a custom-built stone mill. What any of this has to do with the Stones is anyone’s guess, but a $15-and-under “European soul food” menu means we’re willing to roll the tumbling dice when the place opens in December. 833 W. Randolph St.
Photograph: Anna Knott