PL8 Opens in Barrington

Ed Culleeny, formerly of Ben Pao, partners with Shawn Li for a new Chinese restaurant.

After 15 years at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Ben Pao, Ed Culleeney had mastered Chinese cuisine—at least enough to impress Shawn Li, chef/owner of TL’s Four Seasons in Bartlett and a native of Sichuan Province. The cooks started swapping notes and soon were partnering on PL8 (pronounced “plate”), where they are serving generations-old Sichuan specialties, such as Chong Ching, a soup that balances red chilies and pickled mustard greens with simmered whitefish fillets. In China, 8 is considered the luckiest number, hence PL8. In the States, people just like goofy restaurant names. Sounds like it was F8. 736 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington; 847-382-1988.



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