After being closed for in-house dining for over three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawry’s The Prime Rib (100 E. Ontario St.) announced its re-opening on Wednesday, July 1 at 4:30 p.m.
While Lawry’s The Prime Rib was founded in Beverly Hills in 1938 as America emerged from the Great Depression, Lawry’s The Prime Rib located in Chicago’s historic McCormick Mansion has had a home off the Magnificent Mile since 1974. The iconic steakhouse has now implemented new measures to ensure the safety of guests and all employees, including requiring reservations in order to maintain social distancing, spacing tables, sanitizing all surfaces, requiring face masks any time a guest is not seated at their table, installing hand sanitizer stations for guest use, eliminating condiment caddies on tables and instead offering single-serve ramekins, encouraging menu viewing on a phone and offering recyclable single-use paper menus, as well as eliminating check presenters and utilizing single-use pens.
Lawry’s has been offering takeout and delivery for the past three months, and now also offers meal and cocktail kits, such as the Meat Me At Home Martini Kit or Meat Me at Home Summer Grilling package, in addition to its regular menu items. But the magic of the restaurant’s in-house dining operation is what makes Lawry’s stand out: its historic setting, warm hospitality, exquisite prime rib freshly carved from the cart, and theatrical tableside service, makes it a destination not to miss. Upon re-opening, Lawry’s maintains its legendary tableside service while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Master carvers and servers in brown gowns maintain distance from guests at all times to minimize tableside contact, preparing the Famous Spinning Bowl Salads and stationing antique-style silver carts at least six feet from dining tables. Parking attendants for valet service now sanitize their hands and vehicle including keys, seat, and steering wheel upon receiving and returning guests’ cars.
Upon reservation in Lawry’s stately dining room, guests have access to a full menu of classic Lawry’s fare beginning with appetizers such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, lump crab cake, steak tartare, and summer corn soup. Lawry’s famous roasted Prime Rib dinners are a surefire way to get back into the dining game, with various cut options and traditional accompaniments like the Original Spinning Bowl Salad, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding and signature sides such as creamed corn and spinach, mac & cheese, and scalloped potatoes. The restaurant also offers an array of signature steaks such as the 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef Center Cut Filet and 14 oz. Prime Certified Angus Beef® New York Strip, as well as non-meat entrées like the Salmon Rockefeller, Roasted Eggplant Steak, and Broiled Atlantic Lobster Tails Trio. Lawry’s desserts, such as the chocolate cake and CC Brown’s Hot Fudge Sundae, are also available to top off the meal, along with a wide selection of wine and cocktails.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib re-opens on Wednesday, July 1 and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30-9 p.m. Guests who would like to enjoy Lawry’s food and beverages from home can check the website for menus and takeout kit options.
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