About three years ago, new ownership bought the historic three-story building at 111 W. Hubbard. The fruits of those three years will finally be unveiled today, according to a press release.
Even though today is opening day, ownership is still keeping much of the concept a secret, although it does have a name now: Celeste. Focusing on cocktails, Celeste's first floor will have a "deep, modular approach to drinks" and "monogrammed glass walls"; while the second floor is a lounge and supper club that's "an ode to the Art Deco movement of the 1920s."
15 cocktails encompass the meat of the beverage program. Eight $10 "specialty" drinks include variations on a Moscow Mule, a "Cucumber Collins," and a "Strawberry Sour" where you choose your spirit. There's three bottle and draft cocktails ($10) and four classics ($12).
Small, affordable draft and bottled beer selections (eight each) run from Coors to a Schneider & Sohn Weizenbock; a similarly small wine and sparkling list is mostly approachable.
The food options are also uncluttered, five starters lead into six entrees such as striped bass (manila clams, navy beans, ham, squash, $26), "Jidori Chicken" (maitake mushroom, turnip, foie gras-onion soubise, sherry truffle sauce, $29), and agnolotti pasta (parsnip, kale, bacon, creme fraiche, parmesan, $19).