Opus Restaurant and Café, part of the Symphony Center complex, will open on Sept. 19, providing a new experience for concert patrons and the public in the dining space at 65 E. Adams. Jewell Events Catering will operate the restaurant and café as the new food service partner of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, expanded offerings for concert concessions, as well as a new menu and an upgraded dining experience at the Richard & Helen Thomas Club are planned for the new season.
On concert dates, the restaurant will offer three-course, prix-fixe dinners at two seatings scheduled 165 minutes and 90 minutes before each performance. Menus will be inspired by the music of individual concert programs. A la carte options of desserts, fine wine, cocktails, mocktails, beer or other beverages also will be available. Opus Restaurant will be open three hours before concerts, as well as after and during performances. To make a reservation at Opus, call (312) 500-OPUS or (312) 500-6787. Reservations also may be made through online service OpenTable. Symphony Center patrons also may purchase CSOA concert tickets and make dining reservations with one call to CSO Patron Services at (312) 294-3000. More information is available at cso.org/opus.
Symphony Center patrons also may customize their experience with various options, such as the choice of a glass of champagne after pre-concert lectures available with the early seating. Other options include a Do-Re-Meal box lunch available for dine-in or carry out on concert dates for Once Upon a Symphony and Family Matinee concert series.
“We are pleased to be enhancing the experience of coming to Symphony Center, including special touches for dining and concessions, as we welcome patrons to the new concert season,” said CSOA President Jeff Alexander. “In Jewell Events Catering, we have found an enthusiastic partner who is committed to creating unique dining concepts that complement the concert-going experience, and we look forward to our new partnership.”
“Jewell Events Catering has been serving Chicagoans for more than 50 years and is honored to become part of one of Chicago’s great cultural traditions,” said Greg Jenkins, president of Jewell Events Catering. “My passion has always been creating experiences, not just serving food. Our goal is to connect with food-forward audiences and deliver something delicious and memorable that takes a night at Symphony Center to another level.”
Open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, the Opus Café offers a quick-service, fast-dining experience for concert patrons and downtown commuters. Grab-and-go menu items include gourmet sandwiches, salads, flatbreads and protein bowls, as well as pastries. During the morning rush, baristas will be available to create specialty espresso drinks.
Inspired by the culinary offerings available at Opus Restaurant and Café, concessions at Symphony Center focus on items that go beyond traditional, packaged snacks. Customized cocktails such as this season’s Nine Symphonies (champagne and strawberry liqueur) inspired by the Beethoven 250 celebration also will be available, along with a full selection of beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. Beginning this season, patrons may pre-order their food and drinks for pick up at intermissions.
Opus Opus Restaurant and Café replaces the Italian-themed tesori, which closed in May.