Deuces & The Diamond Club [Photo: Tim Hiatt]
Secrets in the Chicago dining scene are hard to keep these days especially when they involve a designer as hot as 555 (GT Fish & Oyster, Girl & The Goat) and a new 500-plus-seat bar and restaurant right on Clark street in the heart of Wrigleyville. Owners James Geier (555) and Kevin Killerman (Casey Moran's, Twisted Lizard) saw an opportunity to bring a new kind of place to Wrigleyville, an "upgrade" to what's currently available in look, image and vibe as well as food and beverage and that's how Deuces & The Diamond Club was born. That's not to say you should expect something pretentious, but rather casual in nature with an updated style, or as Geier put it, "we are bringing every bit of 555 to the North Side. Not trendy, but rather something that can become a part of the fabric of the community."
The establishment has two levels, Deuces on the street level and The Diamond Club above. Deuces has an industrial feel with exposed duct work, metal beams and hi-top tables. To mesh with the neighborhood, custom vintage sports-related art adorns the walls and a limited number of televisions are strategically placed. Deuces also has an outdoor patio area (which they are waiting on final licensing for) with private cabanas, a garden area and a water feature with an infinity edge.
The Diamond Club, accessible by an escalator, has a more refined, lounge feel. There is an additional bar upstairs, comfortable seating and a balcony that runs the entire length of the building with a view that overlooks the hustle and bustle of Clark street. If staying inside is more your thing, both floors have floor-to-ceiling windows.
The menu is currently a work in progress and during the soft opening phase they are trying out different items on a limited menu each week. The menu will have plenty of gourmet burgers, such as the Don Quixote with chihuahua cheese, avocado, jalapeno, tomato with cilantro creme fraiche, and the Shroomed with caramelized mushrooms and onions, fontina cheese with worcestershire mayo. The menu will also feature a variety of fries for sharing (duck fat fries with truffle mayo; rosemary sea salt fries with balsamic aioli) and a variety of appetizers and salads, Deuce's Big Balls, three Fontina cheese, mushroom and truffle-filled deep fried rice balls (arancini) with tomato coulis; and Pitcher's Mound, their take on a classic wedge with chilled iceberg lettuce, crispy pancetta, crumbled bleu cheese and cracked pepper with creamy garlic dressing.
Deuces & The Diamond Club is currently open Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday until 3 a.m. and open during all Cubs games. They plan to launch the full menu and be open every day by the second week in September.