The behind-scenes kitchen handles prep work and private dining room orders.
Designers equipped the banquet and prep kitchen with the 62-seat private dining room in mind. The space’s cookline includes its own four-burner range, stockpot range, fryer, a six-burner range and double convection ovens. “We designed the back kitchen with extra firepower, plus an expo table with heat lamps, so it could serve the private dining parties with no interruption in service from the display kitchen,” Davis says. “Erling and Josh both believe that no matter where you’re sitting, everyone should experience the same level of service.”
Despite space constraints, “we found room to include a dedicated pasta room, which is where they make the doughs for pitas and pastas,” Davis says. “It’s located directly behind the brick hearth ovens, and also is temperature-controlled with its own cooling and humidity system.”
Also, out of view in the back-of-house is additional cold storage, dry storage and warewashing. “We kept the [previous restaurant’s] walk-in coolers, but replaced their doors, which were sagging,” Davis says. “We added a walk-in freezer in the basement so as not to take away work space from the kitchen.” The team also located ice machines in the basement for the same reason. After the restaurant opened, the chef added a meat-hanging rail in one of the walk-in coolers for in-house butchering.
- MENU/SEGMENT: Polished casual
- LOCATION: Chicago
- OPENED: 2018 SIZE: 1,850 sq. ft. (kitchen); 8,000 sq. ft. (overall)
- SEATING: 189 dining room seats, 62 private dining seats, 32 patio seats
- FOODSERVICE CONSULTANT: Stuart Davis, vice president-Midwest Division, Next Step Design, Annapolis, Md.
- ARCHITECT: Jay Keller, principal, SPACE Architects + Planners, Chicago
- INTERIOR DESIGN: Jeremy Levitt, principal; Danu Hassik, design director, Parts and Labor Design, New York
- DEALER: Jeff Carlin, kitchen designer, TriMark Marlinn, Chicago
- CONSTRUCTION: Kern Konstruction, Tinley Park, Ill. WEB: pstchicago.com
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- Cambro liquor storage, shelving, carts, ingredient bins
- Kolpak/Welbilt walk-in freezer, cooler
- New Age dunnage racks, bun pan racks
- CookTek/Middleby induction range
- Follett/Middleby ice bin
- Hoshizaki nugget ice maker
- Pentair Everpure filtration system
- Micro Matic remote draft beer system
- Emery Thompson batch freezer
- Hobart/ITW FEG planetary mixer
- Advance Tabco mop sink, holder
- IMC/Teddy hand sinks
- Metro/Ali Group dish- washer racks
- Ecolab dishwashers
- Continental reach-in u/c refrig.
- Hatco heat lamps
- Marra Forni spiral dough mixer
- Jade/Middleby ranges, stock pot range, spreader cabinet
- Pitco/Middleby fryer
- Blodgett/Middleby convection ovens
- CaptiveAire hood
- Stovemaster brick hearth ovens
- Jade/Middleby fryer, French hot top range, open burner range, cheesemelter, pasta cooker, spreader cabinet
- CaptiveAire hood
- Omnitemp hand sinks Cambro dough box dolly
- Fisher dipperwell Continental reach-in u/c refrig.
- Viking/Middleby reach-in wine refrig.
- American Soda filtered water system
- Curtis coffee/tea brewer Continental u/c refrig.
- F&O Imports espresso cappuccino machine, coffee grinder Perlick backbar refrig., underbar dry waste, dump sinks, bottle display, underbar ice bin cocktail station, drain- board storage cabinet, hand sink, glass froster, backbar cooler
- Micro Matic glass rinser, drip tray, draft beer/wine dispensing tower, chilled water dispenser