The rooftop at Homestead (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
APRIL 29 UPDATE: Benjamin Schiller is leaving Boka Restaurant Group to become beverage director for The Fifty/50 Group, taking responsibility for the cocktail menus at seasonal rooftop venue Homestead (reopening in late May, pictured) and in-the-works cocktail lounge The Berkshire Room.
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 since has 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 also are in the works, and all baked goods will be prepared at the original location and delivered to Acme 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 cocktails, Mohr and Weiner currently are interviewing for the position of head mixologist/bar manager.
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