Tonight, Bellemore from the Boka Group opens its doors to unveil a restaurant that chef Jimmy Papadopoulos (Bohemian House) had free reign in creating the menu. Boka’s retooled the old Embeya space to the tune of an old French manor dripping in luxury.
Studio K designed the 6,000-square-foot space that features brass chandeliers, wood columns, and vintage mirrors. A mural of owls by multimedia artist Tracee Badway fills the private dining area with darker tones than the pink and navy banquettes in the main dining room. The bar features 12 seats with wrought iron bird cages and the main dining room centers around the serving station.
Papadopoulos plans on changing the menu as ingredients are at their prime seasonally, though some dishes may stay on if guests find a favorite dish to become a signature. The cocktail program will be headed by Boka Group beverage director Lee Zaremba using house-made tonics and other inventive ingredients. Wine director Sarah Carpenter has curated the wine list featuring over 200 bottles with a focus on high altitude wines. The menu is rounded out with pastries from chef Allison Schroeder (Girl & The Goat, Sepia, Sixteen) with dishes like a composed cheese dish, apple cheesecake, and a toasted chestnut brioche.
A limited number of tasting menus will be available for now, but will ramp up to be available for any table at any reservation. Reservations can be made on OpenTable. Check out the space below. Bellemore opens at 5 p.m. tonight.
Bellemore, 564 W. Randolph Street, (312) 667-0104, open from 5 p.m. to close daily.