Sun-Times’ Splash Reviews Rockit’s Relaunch

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Going out with a bang after a blowout New Year’s Eve bash, River North’s Rockit Bar & Grill closed its doors for four months while, inside, restaurateurs Billy Dec, Arturo Gomez andBrad Young of Rockit Ranch Productions were revamping the 10-year-old space. Executive Chef and Partner Amanda Downing — who began as a sous chef when the spot first opened in 2004 — worked closely with the restaurant group’s Food and Beverage Director Kevin Hickey to scale down the enormous menu. She modernized and lightened it — for example, the Baja chopped salad ($16) is a fresher, less hearty take on the old Ranch-laden Southwest salad.

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