Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises to open Restaurant Beatrix inside River North hotel Aloft

  • The logo for Restaurant Beatrix
The logo for Restaurant Beatrix
June 11, 2013|By Samantha Nelson, @samanthanelson1 | For RedEye

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises runs L2O in the Belden-Stratford and Saranello’s inside the Westin in north suburban Wheeling, but it will add another hotel eatery to its lineup when Restaurant Beatrix opens inside the Aloft Chicago City Center on June 20.

Restaurant Beatrix will have a dining area, a wine bar serving 25 approachable varieties by the glass and bottle, and a bar with an attached coffee shop and bakery. "It’s different than anything we’ve ever done and different than anything I’ve seen in other hotels,” said executive partner Marc Jacobs.

The space will feature a mix of couches and tables along with plenty of outlets to cater to laptop and tablet users in need of powering up. While it's located in the hotel lobby at 519 N. Clark St., Beatrix will have its own entrance to make feel it more accessible to locals.

“We’d love the hotel guests to join us, but I definitely see the neighborhood enjoying the restaurant," Jacobs said. "I see it as a place for people to meet and hang out at all times during the day.”

Veteran Lettuce chefs Susan Weaver, John Chiakulas and Rita Dever are still working on the menu, but Jacobs said one dish he's excited about are fries made with Kennebec potatoes and served with poached egg mayo. The drink selection will focus on local craft beers as well as juice blends and sodas such as cucumber-mint soda and turmeric tonic that can also be mixed into cocktails.

Open at 8 a.m. daily, Beatrix’s coffee shop will serve Metropolis and Intelligentsia coffee along with baked goods such as chocolate-cherry English muffins, honey-butter cinnamon rolls and thin, crispy chocolate-chip cookies. A cooler will stock fruit and yogurt for breakfast, transitioning to sandwiches and salads later in the day.

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