Michelin-Starred Graham Elliot Opening Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, Connecticut

3 Oct

Update:  Primary Food & Drink is open and here is our review:  Primarily Underwhelming.

We were reading The Greenwich Time over the summer and heard there were rumors that Joe Bastianich was opening up a spot in Greenwich.  Well, that made sense because he has lots of places in NYC and he has Tarry Lodge in nearby Port Chester.  While that rumor wasn’t true, they did say that a very famous celebrity chef from Chicago would be opening a restaurant at 409 Greenwich Avenue where Thataway Cafe used to be.  Immediately, we did our research and we were convinced it would be Graham Elliot…and our hunch was right.

Yes, the MasterChef judge and the owner of two Chicago restaurants:  Graham Elliot Bistro and Graham Elliot that has received two Michelin stars.  The name of his new restaurant in Greenwich is Primary Food & Drink, which highlights his exquisitely simple take on food and his commitment to keeping things at the highest possible quality.  Elliot will be serving Modern American food, rooted in the seasons and local food.

What kind of Modern American food, you ask?  Think Elliotonian twists on classics that we’re all familiar with like Caesar Salad, Pot Roast, Beef Stroganoff, and even Buffalo Chicken.  With that food, Primary Food & Drink will focus on classic cocktails and a wine list that is made up of mostly American varietals.

Elliot with Merlin Verrier, his long time director of operations as Executive chef, plan to open Primary Food & Drink in early winter, so keep an eye out by following them on Facebook and by following us.  But, let’s say you don’t want to wait until winter to have your first tastes of Primary Food & Drink.  Well, that will be easy because, according to a recent press release, Graham Elliot will be at the Greenwich Wine & Food Festival giving a demo of food that you can find at his new restaurant.  Graham will be on at 3:30 in Tent One on Saturday, 10/5.

We’re very excited to get our first tastes of Primary Food & Drink this weekend, but we’re even more excited to have this awesome addition to the Fairfield County dining scene just minutes away from us.

Primary Food & Drink

409 Greenwich Avenue

Greenwich, CT

Phone:  TBD

Primary Food & Drink on Urbanspoon

11 Responses to “Michelin-Starred Graham Elliot Opening Primary Food & Drink in Greenwich, Connecticut”

  1. christina October 3, 2013 at 9:23 am #



  2. mla19 October 3, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    This news made my day yesterday! Very excited to have Chef Elliot’s food in my own town. If only this could be the beginning of a culinary revolution in Gwich!!


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro October 3, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Isn’t it awesome? So exciting! We’re excited, too, cuz we love in G-wich too. Man, just a couple of minutes away and we’re there. We could even bike there. Well, could. It’s a REALLY big hill. Let’s go Greenwich!


      • kitchengal November 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

        who is this inked cook? never heard of him.


        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro November 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

          Right? Hehehe


        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro November 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

          Hmm, yeah, who is this Elliot guy? :P


        • kitchengal November 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

          Serious never heard of him. What’s with the white glasses?


        • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro November 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

          Oh, he’s one of the chefs on Masterchef with Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianiach. He also owns sime restaurants in Chicago so it’s not odd you haven’t heard about him. We dig his glasees, but don’t think we could pull off his glasses. :)



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