We all love the idea of Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, two bigtime chefs, cooking side by side at Northbrook’s Prairie Grass Cafe. So what to make of Prairie Fire, their homey new all-American spot 24 miles away in the West Loop? Sure, it’s got the same shepherd’s pie, house-made sausages, and great burgers that make PGC a North Shore standout—but when PF opens later this month, will it have Sarah and George, together? Per Bumbaris, who has known Stegner longer than he’s known his wife: “One of us will always be at one of the restaurants [i.e., No].” “It’s always been our intention to have two restaurants [i.e., Get over it].” 215 N. Clinton St.
Photograph: Anna Knott