I was raised on old school diners & the Jewish delicatessen. Growing up in Chicago and traveling by car and motorbike throughout all 50 states since I was a kid gave me an insatiable taste and respect for this food and culture. A casual family restaurant is the cornerstone of a great Chicago neighborhood. ELEVEN is a hybrid of my sincere respect for what family “dining rooms” used to be. I do hope that our restaurant rekindles the feelings of true friendly “diners”—the type of quality restaurants so many of us grew up with (and still crave) which have slowly, but steadily, disappeared from our city’s street corners.