FULTON MARKET — Nisos Restaurant, a former Mediterranean restaurant in Fulton Market, is rebranding as a steakhouse after “mutually” parting ways with its executive chef.
Nisos, 802 W. Randolph St., was one of the most anticipated openings last year with executive chef Avgeria Stapaki from Greece. The Parker Hospitality restaurant opened in July inside the former Bad Hunter space on Randolph’s Restaurant Row and boasted of authentic cuisine from Mediterranean chefs.
It closed earlier this month after less than a year in business.
Now, the restaurant will be known as Nisos Prime, a Mediterranean steakhouse offering coastal and inland dishes from France, Greece, Italy and Spain, Parker Hospitality announced Wednesday.
The 9,000-square-foot restaurant is slated to open in July. The upper level dining room will serve the full Nisos Prime menu with the main level, Prime Bar, will cater to a more casual crowd with a “pared down menu.”
There will also be a 2,000-square-foot lounge on the second floor that will be dedicated to nightlife and private events Thursday through Sundays, according to a news release.
“We took a minute to focus on what Parker Hospitality does best — creating unforgettable experiences for our guests — and reimagined the restaurant in a whole new way,” said Parker Hospitality CEO Brad Parker in a news release. “Whether you’re coming to Nisos Prime for a drink and a quick bite after work, a romantic date night, or a wild night out in the West Loop, our team will make sure you will leave impressed.”
The rebranding will feature a new menu from award-winning Chef Rick Tramonto which includes “a selection of soups and salads; housemade pastas and risottos; a fresh seafood selection; the highest quality prime beef; and a number of composed dishes.”
The restaurant will also feature a “few small changes” to its interior design.
It’s still unknown why Stapaki and Nisos parted ways. In a November review, the Tribune’s Nick Kindelsperger wrote that although the decor and diners were attractive, Nisos lacked where it counts the most: the food.
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