Thursday, November 15, 2007

Exclusive: Ready for Rebar?

While the world is waiting with baited breath for the opening of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, I'm waiting for their red-hot lounge, Rebar (401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-924-7600), to open.

It's scheduled to debut this winter on the property's second level, and expect the ultimate backdrop: floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, views of the Chicago River and the city skyline punctuating the lounge’s contemporary d├ęcor.

Rebar's also introducing an extensive mixology program with emphasis on the use of fresh juices and mixers. And the wine list is heavy on Champagne and sparkling wine, and aims to complement the shareable menu created by Executive Chef Frank Brunacci.

Just some of Brunacci's dishes include the salmon, caviar, cucumber sweets and lemon crystals; scallop mi cuit with black truffle and potato sauce; and the Kobe carpaccio with parmesan and parsley mousse.

Rebar, a shortened term for “reinforced bar,” is a steel rod used in support of concrete buildings. There are more than tens of thousands of tons of rebar utilized in the construction of the Trump hotel. So, that's where the name comes from.

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