Monday, January 18, 2010

Sneak Peek of Sable Kitchen & Bar!


Sable Kitchen & Bar, with former Atwood Kitchen exec chef Heather Terhune at its helm, is set to debut March 24 on the first level of the Hotel Palomar.

We got our hands on some really cool photos, a rendering of the restaurant (see above) and some artwork going into the space. You'll love this: Most of the portraits are superimposed over a molecule structure and a cocktail recipe.


As far as the overall design of Sable, the PR rep tells us to expect "a sleek and sexy space with seating for 158 guests, including bar, lounge, dining room and patio options, Sable is a refreshing update on the glamor of the 1940s, as old Hollywood charm mingles effortlessly with modern industrial touches and classic Chicago warmth.

"For the interiors, acclaimed California-based design firm the Puccini Group created a space that is at once soothing and sleek. At Sable, design tips its hat to the almost alchemical power of the bar and to the sophisticated comfort of the 1940s and 1950s."

The Drawing Room Gets Big Honors

Charles Joly of The Drawing Room (Photo: Charles Joly)

With all the cool clubs and bars around town, I'm a little shocked only two made it into the finals for the annual Nightclub & Bar Magazine awards program.

As always, Chicago was mostly overlooked in favor of its peers on the East and West coasts. And then to pour more gasoline into an open wound, the local venue that made it into the "Ultra Lounge of the Year" category is an adult club. Loop lap-dance spot Pink Monkey gets the nod.

At least they got it right when it comes to The Drawing Room. The sexy, subterranean spot is a finalist in two categories: "Cocktail Lounge of the Year" and "Bartender of the Year," with that honor going to magnificent mixologist Charles Joly.