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LEOPOLD – Michael Dean Reynolds

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1450 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60642
312.348.1028

Hours:
Sunday, Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
(Bar / lounge open one hour later all nights)

A Belgian-inspired restaurant, Leopold is located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Chef Jeffrey Hedin’s menu features classics such as Moules + Frites and Steak Tartare and includes modern plates such as Housemade Leopold Sausage; Housemade Pierogi; and Smoked Rabbit. Sides include Soft Pretzels, Smout, Seasonal Vegetables and more. Our menu changes seasonally to and highlights produce from many of the area’s local farms.


Christy Agee
Owner/General Manager

As a child, Christy Agee grew up surrounded by food, wine and good company so the transition into the hospitality arena was a natural one. Her Italian family came together at the dinner table, enjoying dishes made with ingredients pulled from her grandmother’s garden – influences which would shape her career choices in the years ahead. At a young age Agee became consumed with the restaurant world, a passion that continues to this day.

After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2000, Agee moved to Chicago, taking what would be an invaluable position working the account management side at Abelson Taylor. After seven years honing her strategic skills in the corporate world, Agee had the good fortune to return to her first love, the hospitality industry, when the opportunity to take ownership of Witts Bar and Grill came available. As owner and GM, Agee tended to the day to day operations of running a restaurant and in early 2009, brought Jeffrey Hedin on board to elevate the menu, emphasizing seasonal ingredients while still keeping a tavern focus.

Later that same year, Agee and Hedin began making plans for Leopold. Sharing a love for rustic European cuisine, they traveled to both France and Belgium, finding inspiration and absorbing all they could to bring that authentic Belgian experience to Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. With Hedin overseeing the menu, Agee comfortably oversees the front-of-house, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere focused on good food + good friends – much like the family dinner table she grew up at herself. Agee and her husband Don live in the River West neighborhood of Chicago.

Michael Dean Reynolds
Executive Chef

Chef Reynolds comes to Leopold on the heels of a successful five-year run at The Gage, most recently holding the Chef de Cuisine role. Prior to The Gage, he held Sous Chef positions at Café Absinthe and Blue Water Grill. In the late 1990s, Chef Reynolds lived in the Pacific Northwest for two years and experienced farming firsthand on his parents’ five acre property in which fruit trees, elevated gardens and herbs were plentiful. He started his cooking career in 1992 while attending art school in Fredrick, Maryland. A friend offered him a position as a cook in his small neighborhood restaurant and it was there that Chef Reynolds discovered the discipline and camaraderie of professional kitchens and never looked back.

Chef Reynolds is looking forward to integrating his lighter style and approach to seasonal cuisine while building upon the already established Belgian influences.

Leopold at Baconfest Chicago 2012:

braised cherry-smoked belly

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