Construction is underway inside Alpana Singh's upcoming restaurant on Michigan Avenue, and the Boarding House owner and her partners John Ward and Matt Fisher have decided on a name and concept for their project across from the Art Institute. Singh has named it Seven Lions and says that it will be an "American clubhouse," featuring "comfortable and approachable" updated American cuisine with a predominantly American wine list.
"It will be tailored to the neighborhood needs," Singh says, meaning she hopes it will appeal to tourists, businesspeople, and the rest of the high traffic in the area. She is wary of predicting an exact opening timeframe but the former Check, Please! host hopes to open her second restaurant late this year or early next.
The layout is evenly split into a large center bar and a separate dining room, with a sidewalk patio outside and a private event space downstairs. Exact capacity and seating numbers are still in the works inside the landmarked space.
Singh and team haven't officially hired a chef yet, but she envisions a menu full of modern versions of classic American salads, sandwiches, roasts, steaks, and starters such as shrimp cocktail. The master sommelier says the wine program will "go through the states," utilizing classic and modern wines, and will be arranged by grape variety. Like the food, expect classic American cocktails with a modern twist.
There aren't many decent dining options in the area, but before long Singh and partners will bring a large new lunch, brunch, dinner and bar option to 130 S. Michigan.
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