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Virgin's Miss Ricky's Gives Loop a Trendy Diner With a British Phone Booth

Take a photo tour and read over the menu for Sir Richard Branson's diner before it opens on Monday.

The third phase of the food program at Sir Richard Branson's first hotel in America will open to the public on Monday. Miss Ricky's, the Virgin Hotel's streetside ground-floor 16-hour diner, is a casual-yet-trendy space complete with a London phone booth converted into a host stand and a montage of ties and skirts as a decor piece. Colorful mismatched chairs sit at tables, booths and banquettes in front of an open bar and kitchen, while a more luxe private room, dubbed "The Casting Room," is decorated with movie set spotlights and plush curtains covering the walls.

The food: Chef Rick Gresh (David Burke's Primehouse) and team will churn out diner-style comfort food that isn't reinventing any wheels. There's pancakes, French toast, egg-based dishes and doughnuts for the morning; sandwiches, salads and comfort food apps and soups for the rest of the day. Two types of savory pies (fish, short rib) add a nod to the brand's British roots. Entrees include a rigatoni pasta with neckbone gravy and two cheeses; bell peppers stuffed with mixed grains, chickpeas, vegetables and feta; and fish and chips. Most items cost between $10 and $17.

Beginning Monday, Miss Ricky's will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Virgin Hotel

203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

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