Thursday, January 31, 2008

Second ENO wine bar arrives in late spring


So the good folks over at the Fairmont Hotel (200 N. Columbus Dr., 312-565-8000) in the North Loop give up the goods on what's going on with that second ENO outpost. The boutique wine-chocolate-cheese lounge, which took off like crazy when it opened in the Inter-Continental Hotel (505 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-4100) a little over a year ago, is set to open in late April or early May in the Fairmont's lobby.

Thank GOD they're not replacing Aria, that perfect date spot offering exotic cocktails and Japanese bites. But it'll be interesting to see how they carve out this space for ENO because in the Michigan Ave. digs they've got that cool leather floor and custom-designed wine cellar that also serves as a showpiece for the room. We'll see soon enough. Developing . . .

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