What happens when chef Rodelio Aglibot, three sportscasters, and a group of restaurateurs collaborate on a new restaurant and lounge? You get Reverie, a two-floor Asian concept, coming by early spring in the former Brewstone Beer Company space in a section of west River North they're calling the "East Bank District." Brewstone barely lasted three months in the location that's around the corner from The Grid and Dillman's.
Although sportscasters Lou Canellis (Fox 32), Kip Lewis (Comcast SportsNet) and Ryan Baker (CBS2) are involved, it won't be a sports bar like its predecessor. Jesse Boyle (Red Ivy, Quay), one of the restaurateurs involved, says Reverie will have a "Japanese West Coast feel." The first floor will house the main restaurant while the second will house a lounge. Agliobot will serve as executive chef.
The team, which also includes Paul Lee of Intrestco Group (Earth + Ocean, Coco Pazzo, Sunda) and Adam Cisek (Palermo's), chose the name Reverie because of parts of the definition: "daydream" and "impractical idea." Some may think that opening a culinary concept with sportscasters and a nightlife component may be "impractical," but they're banking on Reverie, and the neighborhood, becoming a destination. Expect the opening by early spring.
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