The wait is almost over. After 13 years, Carrie Nahabedian's second restaurant, Brindille, is ready to soft open tomorrow, and the classy yet understated space is fitting for a project Nahabedian waited so long for. "I had a lot of opportunities to open a second restaurant," Nahabedian says. "To do another restaurant it had to be just the right space."
Nahabedian hopes to bring a new level of sophistication and refinement with Brindille, yet keep it casual enough to cause diners to visit often. The restaurant is sandwiched between Fado and Blue Chicago, and the facade of the whole building is redone in the Brindille style. The hallmark of the room is the abundance of Parisian influences, from the paneled white facade to the prominent long case of horizontally stacked French wines adjacent to icing champagne bottles. Tables clad with white tablecloths fill the space, highlighted against deep gray and brown floors with shiny tan trim.
Three hand-cut and colored art pieces by Chicagoan Lora Fosberg, forestscapes set against surreal sky, add depth to the experience. Dark espresso booths with small back pillows line the walls and jut towards the center, some accented with standing champagne buckets. Light fixtures reminiscent of glowing bulbs on autumn tree branches provide soft illumination, especially in the private six-seat circular booth. Other French-inspired pieces of historical art are encased around the room.
Nahabedian describes the place as "welcoming." NAHA finally has a little French sister and one glowing mother.
· Carrie Nahabedian Reveals Opening Date, Chef and More on Brindille [~ECHI~]
· Brindille [Official Site]