Pops of bright color, energetic music and power outlets galore keep crowds charged up from lunch to late night at Chuck’s Manufacturing, the new restaurant that serves classic American cuisine in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Named for owner Carrie Becker Meghie’s father, Charles “Chuck” Becker (an auto parts expert who later opened the Hard Rock Hotel), Chuck’s Manufacturing plays homage to the Becker family business with décor that utilizes gears and piping throughout the space. But low-backed booths, hinged Plexiglass walls and lounge space for bottle service make this new arrival feel more like a swank spot than an auto shop.
To fit the space, chef Justin Frankenberg has created a menu of “remanufactured’” classic American fare. Dig into dishes such as mini corn dogs battered in light house-made batter and served with three mustard sauces ($9) or the imaginative deluxe burger ($16), an open-faced masterpiece with Danablu cheese (a Danish bleu cheese) and crunchy almond slivers piled atop a buttery pretzel croissant made locally by Labriola Bakery. Feeling indecisive? We love the “manufactured” option, where you can custom design your dream meal by picking any three dishes on the menu ($25 lunch, $35 dinner).
And when the workday is done Chuck’s is ready to help kick back: Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., drop by to sip drinks from a growing collection of more than 100 flavored vodkas (don’t miss the Chuck’s Cherry Coke made with Grey Goose cherry noir, Coke, bitters and a “drunken” cherry), enjoy tunes from a local DJ and watch the day’s worries quickly melt away.
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m. 224 N. Michigan, (312) 334-6700; Chucksmanufacturing.com