In 2008, Pandel opened neighborhood eatery, The Bristol. Located in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Pandel’s menu centered around handmade pastas and charcuterie; farm-fresh, locally sourced produce; and a nose-to-tail approach to cooking. James Beard Nominee, Balena, an ode to Italian influenced simplicity, opened in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in March of 2012, with a menu consisting of handmade pastas; pizzas from the wood-fire oven; and locally sourced, farm-fresh meats and produce.
Pandel then opened Formento’s on Chicago’s West Loop “Restaurant Row” in January 2015. Formento's is an Italian-American heritage restaurant with warm hospitality and polished service, reminiscent of a 1950's "red sauce joint,” featuring classic Italian-American fare grounded in tradition.
In October 2015 Pandel, along with Boka Restaurant Group and B. Hospitality Co. opened Swift & Sons, a retro modern steakhouse that celebrates the history of Chicago’s meatpacking district. At Swift & Sons, Pandel provides the restaurant with his signature focus on high quality, locally sourced ingredients and classic cooking techniques presenting a menu of reinvented steakhouse classics, “boutique beef,” thoughtful vegetarian dishes and seasonal sides. Only months after, in December 2015, Pandel revealed Cold Storage, located adjacent to Swift & Sons. The casual seafood concept offers an approachable menu of fresh seafood, salads, and sandwiches. He then went uptown to Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood and expanded with Dutch & Doc’s in 2018 – a casual, brasserie-style restaurant a mere 500 feet from Wrigley Field’s home plate.
In May 2019, Pandel and Boka Restaurant Group introduced Cira, a modern Mediterranean restaurant in partnership with The Hoxton, Chicago. Located on the hotel’s ground floor, Cira is an all-day eatery, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The menu largely consists of small, shareable plates, inspired by the countries that make up the Mediterranean Basin and their symbiosis over the years.
Most recently, in listening to the culinary desires of the Wrigleyville neighborhood, Pandel has transformed the former Dutch & Docs to Swift & Sons Tavern & Oyster Bar. At the Swift & Sons sister concept, Pandel focuses on approachable meat and seafood centric dishes that people understand and like to eat. The restaurant is available for lunch and dinner daily.
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