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Top Table restaurant to open in St. Charles

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 8:18 a.m. CDT
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Josef Yurisich, a former executive chef at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, is now the executive chef at Toptable restaurant, which opens to the public in early September at 1 W. Illinois St. in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – A restaurant offering American cuisine with a twist plans to open early next month, its owner said.

Hampshire residents Nathan and Amanda Drafall plan to open Top Table restaurant to the public for dinner during the first weekend in September at 1 W. Illinois St., Suite 170, St. Charles.

The St. Charles City Council on Aug. 18 voted, 8-2, in favor of a liquor license for the restaurant.

Fourth Ward aldermen Jim Martin and Jo Krieger continued their longstanding practice of voting no on liquor license requests.

Nathan Drafall said he remembers going to the restaurant when it was known as Erik & Me when he grew up in Elgin. The restaurant also was known as Sage Bistro and was called Bistro One West when it closed in November 2012.

Top Table will offer American cuisine with a twist, including steak and seafood.

The restaurant will offer dinner only for a few weeks before it rolls out the rest of its dining options, which will include weekend brunch.

Later in the fall, Top Table will be open for lunch and weekday breakfast.

Drafall said he looks forward to giving downtown St. Charles more breakfast options.

“We’re looking to really embrace the city,” Drafall said after the City Council meeting.

The man behind Top Table’s food already is a familiar face in St. Charles.

Executive chef Josef Yurisich previously worked at Pheasant Run Resort for 22 years, running four kitchens.

The restaurant also will have full bar and wine service, and the menu will reflect the season at the time, according to a news release.

“Our menu will always feature the freshest ingredients available to us,” Yurisich wrote in the news release. “We will source our meats and produce as locally as possible.”

If You GoWhat: Top Table restaurantWhere: 1 W. Illinois St., Suite 170, St. CharlesWhen: Open to public for dinner starting Sept. 6Information: 630-945-3740

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