GREENWICH, Conn. -- Award-winning chef and restaurateur Graham Elliot, a judge on FOX's "MasterChef" and owner of his self-named, two-Michelin-star Chicago restaurant, opened Primary Food & Drink as the latest culinary addition to Greenwich Avenue last week.
Elliot collaborated with Executive Chef/Managing Partner Merlin Verrier on the menu of contemporary American seasonal cuisine as well as the design of the restaurant.
The restaurant is Elliot's first restaurant on the East Coast and first outside of Chicago.
Verrier has worked with Elliot for the past six years, most recently as Director of Operations for all Graham Elliot restaurants (Graham Elliot and Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago). Prior to joining Elliot, Verrier held various positions while working with Chef Richard Sandoval at Modern Mexican, Chefs Max Macissock and Carl Kelin at Great Northern Tavern and Chef Jennifer Jasinski at Rioja in Denver, among others. Now with a move to Connecticut from the Windy City under his belt, Verrier is excited to extend the brand in a new market.
“We first fell in love with Greenwich by participating in the annual Food & Wine Festival. Being close to a seaboard and having access to ingredients you just can’t get in the Midwest was an exciting prospect,” Verrier said in a statement. “Once we connected with a Greenwich native as our partner, the pieces fell into place and Primary just made sense as a next step for the brand.”
The menu showcases creative spins on well-known classics with dishes like Deconstructed Caesar served with brioche “twinkie,” Shortrib Stroganoff with truffle coulis, and Berkshire Porkchop with rootbeer BBQ sauce. A selection of classic cocktails and a wine list, comprised primarily of American bottles, are also offered.
Architect Richard Avery and designer Liza Laserow worked with both chefs on the restaurant’s design, focusing on creating a comfortable atmosphere accented by vintage finds.
Primary Food & Drink opens at 5 p.m. nightly, serving dinner until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11: p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It is located at 409 Greenwich Ave. in Greenwich.