Bottled Blonde, the new tenant for the former SushiSamba space in River North, opens its doors on Thursday. Despite mild protests that have been quiet for weeks, the restaurant/bar is set to bring some of the same bro-tastic atmosphere that originated in Scottsdale, Ariz. to Chicago. Hey, if Arizona gets a Lou Malnati's, Chicago has to get something in return.
The Arizona location is known for a party atmosphere and scantily-clad 20-somethings running around the space. Bottled Blonde brass haven't made any references to that for Chicago, saying they're instead embracing local purveyors and preferring to push a concept based on "contemporary" Italian food mixed with a beer garden and sports bar. The 10,000-square-foot space can hold 500 people, and there's glass garage doors that open for al fresco action. The covered patio could become a draw during the winter, and overall the space includes 50 TVs so fans needing sports will feel at home. The picnic table seating makes it ideal for groups.
Pizza is the main attraction, and there's even a "Double B" burger, no doubt a term without entendre, only referring to the name of the space. They'll serve weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, along with a late-night menu. More than 20 draft beers line the menu, with selections from Metropolitan, Half Acre and Founders. Check out the menus below.
Bottled Blonde, 504 N. Wells St., open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.