The Team Behind The Graceful Ordinary Will Introduce a New Concept and Hospitality Group

The Graceful Ordinary opened back in 2021.
The Team Behind The Graceful Ordinary Will Introduce a New Concept and Hospitality Group
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According to an article from the Daily Herald, the husband-and-wife team behind The Graceful Ordinary will open Vicolo at 7 S Broadway in Aurora.

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“Assembling the same group, the team is now excited to build upon the momentum by announcing a second restaurant venture in Aurora, set to open in early 2025, and with this forthcoming project, the formation of Chris and Megan Curren’s official hospitality group, O&D Hospitality,” a press release tells What Now Chicago.

“The duo has just signed a lease on the 3,200 sq ft building located at 7 S. Broadway in Downtown Aurora, the former home of a local art studio, where they plan to open Vicolo, a charming European-inspired cafe and pasticceria. The Currens are embracing the rustic charm of Italian cuisine with their sophomore concept, an all-day restaurant that will seamlessly transition from a laid-back European café into an elevated dining destination in the evening.”

“In addition to a full renovation, the team plans to upgrade the property’s adjacent small park, known as “Skinny Park”, into a quaint outdoor seating area and “piazza” that provides an intimate and relaxed atmosphere for al fresco dining.”

“During the day, Vicolo will offer an array of rustic Italian dishes and freshly baked pastries, with a robust to-go menu of handmade pasta dishes available for the on-the-go downtown residents. The Currens envision the daytime café as a community hub with a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere, hosting enriching activities like Italian movie screenings, live music performances, and kid-friendly acts.”

“As the sun sets, Vicolo will transform into an upscale dining experience, drawing in the evening crowd with a craft cocktail menu that complements the locally sourced and thoughtfully crafted chef-driven dinner offerings.”

“This growth marks the opportunity for Chris and Megan Curren to take their hospitality commitment to the next level and announce O&D Hospitality, named after their children Oliver and Delilah. O&D Hospitality will build upon its well-earned reputation for authentic, purposeful hospitality with a portfolio of concepts designed to enrich the region’s existing landscape for years to come.”

“The team’s debut concept The Graceful Ordinary has been lauded not only for presenting city-caliber dining in Chicago’s Western suburbs but for their community involvement and reputation as a voice for mental health resources for Tri-Cities locals and restaurant industry professionals. With the inception of O&D Hospitality, the pair plans to continue and expand upon this community investment with further hyperlocal charitable initiatives, thoughtful sourcing, restaurant worker aid initiatives, and more.”

Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger is a writer, editor, and marketing collaborator with experience ranging from grant writing, screenwriting, SEO, content writing, and more. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with multiple honors accreditations as a first-generation college student. You can find her in a local thrift shop or plant store, creating music, or going to one of her favorite band’s concerts when she is not behind the keyboard furiously typing away.
Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger

Madison Ballinger is a writer, editor, and marketing collaborator with experience ranging from grant writing, screenwriting, SEO, content writing, and more. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with multiple honors accreditations as a first-generation college student. You can find her in a local thrift shop or plant store, creating music, or going to one of her favorite band’s concerts when she is not behind the keyboard furiously typing away.

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