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Modern Brasserie The Smith Floats Chicago as Next Possible Stop

The N.Y. bar wants to open in the Windy City as early as December

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Penn Quarter newcomer The Smith is already itching to grow again, hoping to export the N.Y.-based American brasserie to Chicago before the end of the year.

A company representative manning The Smith’s table at an Edible DC event on May 22 told Eater that the decade-old restaurant group is currently attempting to fast-track an expansion into the Windy City. Managing partner Jeff Lefcourt said on Tuesday that a “few” cities are on the expansion radar, including Chicago, but declined to comment further.

It’s unclear what neighborhood(s) The Smith has its eye on in Chi-town, but the brand does tend to gravitate towards population-dense and bustling areas; in its native New York the restaurants are scattered about Midtown, NoMad, the East Village, and Lincoln Square. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant it placed at 901 F Street NW — its first stop outside the Big Apple — debuted in January.

The city-hopping company recently locked down a second D.C. outpost at 13th and U Streets NW, which will be first up in the chain to open next.

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