A strong red glow envelops guests inside Won Fun Chinese, the new first-floor restaurant off Randolph Street. Austin Baker (Bar Marta) and his crew opted for sleek and dark for Won Fun and upstairs at 2Fun Chinese, his massive second-floor lounge. Diners won’t find much sunlight inside as they’ve painted over the windows while transforming the former J.P. Graziano’s warehouse in the West Loop. Never fear, it’s business as usual for Graziano’s downstairs. Read 2Fun and Won Fun’s menu here.
Diners on the first floor can saddle up to the bar and watch the kitchen staff work the woks, creating dishes like Peking duck and mapo tofu. The first-floor restaurant is smaller than the second floor at 60 seats. Guests will see a squadron of red silk lanterns greeting them when they look up at the ceiling.
The second-floor lounge seats 160 and is dominated by a 60-foot dragon Baker brought from China. The dragon, reminiscent of those used to celebrate Chinese New Year, is suspended over the 35-seat central bar. Check out subtle touches from other Chinese restaurants all over the space. For example, behind the bar the Chinese writing over the glass beer cooler doors represents the Chinese zodiac. There’s also glass Lazy Susan trays on the tables in front of the oversized red leather booths. That’s where guests will sit while kicking back to karaoke.
Take a sneak peek inside below as the restaurants open on Wednesday at 905 W. Randolph St.