Acme Hotel Company in River North has tapped a local restaurant group to open two new venues inside its property in early June.
The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group, which opened Wicker Park sports bar The Fifty/50 five years ago—and has since opened Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead and West Town Bakery & Diner, all on Chicago Avenue in West Town—is working on a cocktail bar and a bakery inside the hotel at 15 E. Ohio St.
The bakery will be a second location of West Town Bakery featuring a walk-up window open to passersby. "We'll be offering all of the greatest hits that we have at the Chicago Avenue location with the addition of beefing up our doughnut program," said Greg Mohr, who owns The Fifty/50 Group with Scott Weiner. "Our pastry chef Chris [Teixeira] is killing it right now." Gourmet popsicles, ice cream treats and sandwiches are also in the works, and all baked goods will be prepared at the original location and delivered to the Acme location twice daily.
The second venture is The Berkshire Room, a craft cocktail lounge named for The Berkshire Hotel, which once occupied this address. "It is made for people to sit down and relax with two people or a group of people, not a place where we jam people in and crank the music and make it a club," said Mohr. As for the mastermind behind the cocktails, Mohr and Weiner are currently interviewing for the position of head mixologist/bar manager.