e+o food & drink was the brainchild of three investors who had all worked together on other projects in and around Chicago. The chef, Rodelio Aglibo is known as the Food Buddah and grew to fame through his involvement in restaurants such as Koi in LA, BLT Steak in New York City, and Sunda in Chicago (to name a few).
The restaurant team envisioned a space that embodied "earth and ocean" and appealed for suburban patrons while still having an urban edge to the design.
The result was a play in contrasts in both color and texture. Elements were chosen to subtly allude to earth and ocean without being overly obvious (given the owners rarely explain what the e and o stand for in the restaurant name). The space changes dramatically thanks to thoughtfully curated and designed lighting - from day to night; working for business lunches, family gatherings and romantic dinner dates.