Making its outdoor debut on Green Street this spring, Element Collective announces Expat, a brand-new, 24-seat al fresco eatery setting up camp in the West Loop in May 2015. Situated on one of the buzziest corners of the city, this casual and seasonal sidewalk cafe claims temporary warm-weather residence on W. Randolph & Green Street—just north of RM and Green Street Meats and directly across from Soho House. Expat invites passers-by to pull up a chair beneath one of its bright table umbrellas, grab a light bite and drink, and take in the people watching.
“The West Loop has no shortage of great restaurants, but we love the idea of offering something a little more casual and lighter — especially during lunch and early afternoon hours,” says Element Collective Partner Chris Dexter, “Plus, come summer, we think this area will be prime real estate for an afternoon drink and some of the best people watching in the city.”
Serving up a menu of fresh selections and raw eats with a pared down beverage selection, the comfortable outdoor dining space offers a hyper-seasonal assortment of crudos, ceviches, oysters and local fruits and vegetables. Expat boasts a limited number of by-the-glass wine options, an extensive rosé list, canned beers and buckets, and simple cocktails including Campari and soda and Pimm’s cups.
Expat will also present a signature craft shot menu with creative backs, such as: a shot of whiskey with a housemade pickle brine, a shot of tequila with spicy-sweet verdita or Letherbee gin iced tea. Unexpected boozy options run the gamut from Euro-inspired snow cones in flavors like rosé and limoncello to fresh chunks of watermelon soaked in rosé.
Expat is first come, first served, offering sunny, casual fare beginning at 11:30am daily until the end of the season.