Just a few weeks ago, Premise shuttered to make way for Brasserie 54 by LM. At the time, co-owner Nicole Outrequin Quaisser said they aimed to open in mid-September, and true to her word, the new restaurant officially opened today for lunch.
The room mainly received cosmetic changes. It now has the signature LM brown and orange color scheme, and the floor is broken up with different styles of tables: some high tops in the front with mismatched stools, a six-top communal table with swivel seats, brown leather love seats accompany sets of two tops. The long wooden bar has comfortable leather seats with thin Edison pendants hanging down. And throughout, wooden chalkboards grace the walls advertising everything from charcuterie specials to sparkling wine to the menu du jour.
While Premise converted the upstairs private dining to a lounge, Brasserie 54 is going back to the private dining arena. The main room will be dubbed the Normandie Room, in honor of Stephan Outrequin Quaisser's hometown, while the intimate back room will be dubbed the Versailles Room and they plan to keep the vintage chandeliers that had hung there previously.
The restaurant brings French fare to Andersonville's Clark Street corridor in a rustic, approachable and affordable way. Exec chef Brad Phillips said the menu most resembles that of Brasserie by LM in the Essex Hotel and nothing is more than $20.
For now, the same menu will be used for lunch and dinner with dishes like three different preps of mussels and frites; Lyonnaise salad; grilled pork blade steak; brick chicken and beef bourguignon; brunch will launch in a few weeks. Brasserie 54 also offers a daily $25 prix-fixe menu where you get a choice of salad or soup of the day; fish of the day or steak frites and dessert. Check out the full menus, including beer, cocktails and a pretty affordable wine list, below.