The Smith Restaurant
ARCHITECT: Aria Group Architects & NORR
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
The Smith Restaurant and Bar opened in River North in 2019. It moved into an existing building, taking up 3 of the 4 existing ground floor tenant spaces, plus basement space. Several large openings were created in the masonry load bearing walls to integrate the 3 spaces. The wood floor framing was also altered for stair modifications. To open up the dining rooms during nice weather, special care went into the design of the new storefronts to produce operable walls behind the existing cast iron columns along the sidewalk. Ultimately, a unified dining space was created across the multiple sections of the existing building.