Do Chicagoans long for preppy East Coast-inspired weekends? The answers will soon present themselves, as The Hampton Social, the new restaurant from the owner of American Junkie, opens on Tuesday.
Back in March, owner Brad Parker announced his plans. He and other staffers made research visits to the Hamptons, trying to bring some of that upscale Long Island feel to Chicago. Presumably, some of that time was spent at the Montauk Yacht Club, which visitors can see was founded in 1952, after spying the club's logo painted on an exposed brick wall inside The Hampton Social.
Once visitors walk up the entry's stairs, they'll see a bunch of white: The chairs, walls and lamps are all that color keeping with the nautical theme that comes with plenty of oars and anchors. Visitors will walk over hardwood floors and order drinks from a marble central bar. For those colder nights, it appears there's a fireplace centered in a coffee table fireplace with flames coming out from the middle to keep customers warm. Either that, or it's a way to conveniently burn money. Oh, the Hamptonality of it all.
The food menu wasn't immediately available, but the drink menu includes 13 specialty cocktails
of all which can be augmented with a. There's also a special $24 cocktail called The Bottle of Rum (limit one per customer). One of the drink highlights is the Montauk Margarita (rhubarb-ginger-infused Camrena tequila, giffard apricot, simple and lime). There's also an assortment of beers and ciders, all of which are in either bottles or cans (no drafts). Check out the full drink menu below.
The restaurant's in the former Baume & Brix/The Grid space and utilizes large glass windows which and slide in sections and completely open up to Hubbard Street. This gives the space a nice al fresco option. There's also a few comfy sectionals so crews can convene in cushy style. There's no word or timeline on the planned subterranean music venue The Bassment, but check out the entire upstairs space in the photos above.
The Hampton Social, 353 W. Hubbard St., (312) 464-0500, open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend brunch service starts at 9 a.m. on Aug. 15.
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