Out to Lunch Hospitality’s Good Fortune (2528 N. California Ave.) will open a permanent spot this August after experiencing success as a pop-up last summer. The restaurant group launched Good Fortune as their first seafood-focused restaurant with a late night bar in August 2017 for a four-month long run.
Chef and Partner Charles Welch, of Sepia and mk Restaurant fame and Honey’s in the West Loop, joined up with fellow Out to Lunch Hospitality partners Andrew Miller and Hector Gonzalez to create this innovative concept. Their hope is to be able to build off of the small seafood dishes and raw plates from their first run while expanding the menu to take the experience to the next level.
Miller said the team feels “excited to finally settle into [their] permanent home in Logan Square,” since they now “have the capacity to really flex our creative muscles, the sky’s the limit” in a much larger, permanent space, according to the press release.
Good Fortune sets up shop in the former home of The General, a country barbecue restaurant and bar on California Avenue that sadly closed in January 2018. The team wishes to bring a “more upscale neighborhood atmosphere” through its custom furniture and lighting, glass-enclosed wine room, and an open kitchen concept. This 2000 square feet interior will feature to seat 49 diners, including a nine-seat bar and a private back patio for 14 people searching for back for a quiet, al fresco dining experience.
The Out to Lunch Hospitality team brings on some food/beverage industry front-runners: General Manager and Wine Director, Steven Mendivil of L2O and D.O.C. Wine Bar, as well as Bar Director, Miranda Breedlove of Bad Hunter and Sportsman’s Club. With both Mendivil and Breedlove in the mix, diners can anticipate exciting wine pairings and cocktail options.
Diners can look forward to a menu full of inventive seafood dishes from the previous pop-up concept, as well as fresh-made pastas and hearth-roasted entrees. The team shares a hope to bring to the table a Mediterranean slant made special through the use of pasta machines, wood-burning ovens, and ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets.
With an anticipated busy opening, Good Fortune is allowing its excited patrons to reserve a table in advance starting with dates starting as early as July 19, however no official opening date has been announced.