Luminary: Kitchen & Provisions, the latest restaurant venture for chefs Jordan and Aurora Coffey, will open for dine-in lunches beginning on Friday, Feb. 26. The space at 3121 Hedley Road also includes a retail store that offers baked goods and a variety of signature items from the restaurant, along with meat cuts that can be pre-ordered and picked up at the store.
Last April, the Coffeys announced they would not be reopening their restaurant, American Harvest Eatery, even when the stay-at-home order was lifted. The original announcement hinted at other things to come and a few months later, Mike and Paula Ryan, owners of Ryan Home and Development, began building out a space in their latest retail center at 3121 Hedley Road for the new incarnation of the restaurant.
At 2,800 square feet, the new location is significantly smaller than the 6,200 square feet that American Harvest occupied, resulting in a significant cost savings for the Coffeys. In an interview with Illinois Times in April 2020, the Coffeys said the cost of rent at American Harvest’s location on Iles Avenue was unsustainable during the shutdown and their landlord wasn’t willing to work with them. The couple opted not to renew their lease, which ended in May.
For the last several months, fans of the eatery, known for nearly a decade for its locally sourced menu, have been able to purchase take-out meals from Luminary. Jordan Coffey has also been offering in-home catering and served as the executive guest chef instructor for Bistro Verde, Lincoln Land Community College’s student-run café.
Luminary will now offer dine-in lunch service from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, with the retail store opening an hour prior to lunch. According to Aurora Coffey, the restaurant will add brunch and dinner hours within the next few months.