Gordon Ramsay to open Ramsay’s Kitchen in suburban Naperville

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, possibly the British reality star best known for habitually berating contestants in his many televised cooking contests, will expand his presence in the Chicago area this year with a new restaurant in suburban Naperville. The team plans to bring the third Ramsay’s Kitchen location, an all-day restaurant with a menu of signature Ramsay dishes including seared scallops and sticky toffee pudding, in spring 2023 to 39 W. Jefferson Avenue, according to a representative.

Located inside a former Oswald’s Pharmacy, a historic Naperville family apothecary dating back to 1875, Ramsay’s Kitchen aims to cultivate an upscale atmosphere with a theatrical open kitchen that allows customers to watch the chefs at work. Spanning over 5,600 square feet, the restaurant will seat 160 people between a bar and lounge, a main dining room, two private dining sections, and a seasonal patio. The representatives promise design details like custom millwork, a nod to the building’s former occupant, as well as original limestone from the abandoned local quarry that is now Centennial Beach.

A round white plate contains a beef Wellington cut in half.

It is not yet known how many screams customers can expect.
Ramsey’s Kitchen

Naperville is Chicago’s fourth largest city and has attracted chain restaurants to the downtown area, including Morton’s and Sullivan’s. But the western suburb has an independent scene that includes Sparrow Coffee (which prides itself on supplying beans to upscale Chicago restaurants). In an email to daily herald, Ramsay wrote that he “heard great things about the surrounding areas, especially Naperville and its bustling food scene.” “Bourgeois,” she writes.

It’s an ideal entry for Ramsay, the notoriously loud chef who originally launched Ramsay’s Kitchen in early 2022 in Boston and by fall had unveiled a second Las Vegas Strip outpost. Though each is loosely tailored for a local audience (Boston has a water-inspired blue marble and a Zakim Bridge-inspired back bar; Vegas features a self-described “affordable glamour” aesthetic inside Harrah’s casino), the overarching themes remain. – a sleek, modern aesthetic, as well as a lineup of Ramsay’s best-known dishes, including beef Wellington.

Ramsay first brought his famous brand to Chicago in 2021 with the launch of America’s first Gordon Ramsay burger. It debuted to much fanfare at Ontario and State streets in a River North space that was formerly home to the burger chain Wahlburgers, endorsed by celebrities. As if that wasn’t enough Ramsay for the region, in early 2022 the operators announced plans for a new Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen location, also in River North. It’s set for a 2023 opening, but representatives declined to provide an update on when exactly that debut might happen.

The chef laid bare his ambitions for the US market with a 2019 announcement that he planned to open 100 new restaurants in the US by 2024. The pandemic slowed that trajectory, but in the intervening years he managed to run more than a dozen new places. until its completion.

Ramsey’s Kitchen Naperville, 39 W. Jefferson Avenue in Naperville, scheduled to open Spring 2023.