Amy Morton has opened LeTour, a brasserie with James Beard Awarded Chef Debbie Gold at the helm. ‘LeTour’ means “circle’/to turn” in French - an ode to the circular layout of the restaurant at 625 Davis Street in downtown Evanston and the ‘full circle’ moments that brought Morton and Gold together for this new venture. LeTour will offer dinner Wednesday-Monday nights with lunch and brunch coming soon.
The menu at LeTour is modern when it comes to plating and preparation yet rooted in classic French techniques, Gold learned while studying and cooking in the Rhone Valley of France which blend with the Moroccan dishes and influences. The menu offers a seafood selection with a la carte options, a raclette, and twelve appetizers inspired by French classics (with vegetarian and vegan options). The menu is fish-centric with a myriad of options and Moroccan influences. Entrees include a wild fish offered on a nightly basis, Sauteed Skate Wing, Brothy Banger Mussels, LeTour Burger, Lamb Couscous, and Grilled Oyster Mushroom Kebabs. Guests may order the L’Ami Louis Special of Foie Gras Terrine, Whole Roast Chicken, and Greens, or a Cheese Degustation with wine pairings in advance for the table. Starting in the spring, the lunch menu will offer omelets, salads, a Croque Monsieur, and more.
The mid-century “rotunda” building was built in the 1960’s as a bank with floor-to-ceiling windows. Today, the space has private and semi private dining spaces decorated like rooms of a home. The interior, inspired by ‘Andy Warhol on the French Riviera’, was designed by Morton, Designer Danica Joseph, and Interior Architect Jennifer Whang. The open-air floor plan connects a cocktail bar with a dining room, semi-private dining room, event space, and an lal fresco dining area.
The restaurant can host up to 300 guests for a private event, led by Director of Private Dining and Special Events, Danielle Daniot (email@example.com). The semi-private Warhol Wing was inspired by the pop artist of the 1960s. The space has heavy curtains to separate itself from the dining area when private events are being held. The Warhol Room seats 50 guests inside and 30+ on the terrace with the flexibility for guests to float between both spaces. The Casablanca Room is a private bar with banquettes and rounds that seats up to 65 guests and The Bar & Lounge holds up to 125 guests and the courtyard holds 20-200 guests.
Reservations are available online via OpenTable. Saturday and Sunday brunch will kick off in December.