Come fall, the 83,000-square-foot, former home of Sushi Rock will house new restaurant concept Black Point from the owners of Hyde Park Steakhouse.
The American grill will aim to attract a younger crowd looking for good food in an unpretentious setting, says Richard Hauck, principal with the Hyde Park Restaurant Group. While still in menu development, he says it will be an American-style grill with an emphasis on high-end seafood, plus flatbreads, sushi, sandwiches and share plates. “It will be friendly and approachable for a younger audience,” Hauck says. “It fits this upcoming generation. It’s more than a causal dining experience, but [it’s perfect for diners who] don’t want to be forced to order four courses.”
Hauck describes the décor as modern and contemporary with a large fireplace in the bar, multiple levels of soft seating and a patio with a fireplace. There will also be multiple private dining rooms for parties of eight to 30. They’ve stripped the place down to the concrete, and Hauck estimates construction will begin in the next month and a half. The hope is to open between mid-September to mid-October.
“When you come into the restaurant, there will be the reception area to the left and a huge bar area with a horseshoe-shaped bar,” Hauck says, adding there will be multiple dining levels all around the restaurant, with rounded Hollywood booths and plenty of seating in the lounge area.
Hype Park Restaurant Group signed a lease with options for renewal up to 25 years. Hauck says it was too good of a space not to jump on. “It’s a great corner,” Hauck says. “It’s a neighborhood that’s pretty obviously on its way up. We think Sushi Rock was inconsistent and weak. The issue is not the location. It’s the concept that goes in it.”