Christopher's to leave Biltmore Fashion Park for Wrigley Mansion

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:54:36 AM. James Beard Award-winning chef Christopher Gross is moving Christopher’s and Crush Lounge to Wrigley Mansion and opening a second restaurant there.
One of the Valley's most-renowned chefs is trading a high-end mall location for a mansion — the Wrigley Mansion.  “Seems like every 10 years we leave. It’s like marriages,” said Christopher Gross, the James Beard Award-winning chef who has run Christopher’s and Crush Lounge from Biltmore Fashion Park for the past decade. Gross is rapidly running out of lease at 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, just south of the Wrigley Mansion in the same affluent ZIP code. Having worked over the past few years with Jamie Hormel, owner of the Wrigley Mansion, to update the offerings at the hilltop landmark, Gross has a new home waiting in the wings. The Christopher’s crew already is at work in the Wrigley Mansion, where Gross will take over operations of Geordie’s, the steakhouse that opened at the mansion in 2015. The staged move will allow for a seamless transition when Gross’ revamped version of Geordie’s launches at the mansion on Feb. 1, the day after his last service at the Biltmore. French, modern and seasonal Gross’ new restaurant — the precise name is still a work in progress — will be familiar to fans of the original, mixing selections from the old location with new creations that are in keeping with the contemporary French theme. “We’ll have the ABC foie, the pepper soup, the chocolate mousse. Maybe a few brains,” Gross says, referring to a recent Halloween special of veal brains with banyuls vinegar. Christopher's and Crush Lounge also is known for its signature...Read more
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