Address: 808 S. Route 59, Naperville
Key players: Madan Kulkarni, chef Yani Sanchez, chef Devinder Utpau
Already open for weddings and other private events, the Matrix Club is a venue from the owner of Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows and caters to the South Asian community. But at 75,000 square feet, replacing a former Sam’s Club, the Naperville venue will also house a restaurant. The food from Yani Sanchez (she helmed the Takito restaurants) departs from her past modern Mexican focus. Sanchez describes it as American with winks to Indian culture. She’s making a dish inspired by pani puri, a famous street snack, with hummus instead of chickpeas. There’s tandoori salmon, plus lamb ragu served with naan. While Sanchez oversees the entire food operation, the club has also brought on chef Devinder Utpau to concentrate on Indian food. The venue also includes a theater and seven bars. The restaurant is targeting a late fall opening.
Reference site: Chicago Eater