Ocean Prime, an upscale restaurant with 14 locations—including Beverly Hills, New York, and in nearby Indianapolis—is planning a Chicago location on the second floor of the LondonHouse hotel. The chain is equal parts ritzy steakhouse and raw bar, and the Chicago location would offer views of the Chicago River. The Tribune reported the new restaurant, citing anonymous sources, and that a lease is close to being final.
The plan calls for a 12,000-square-foot restaurant with a ground-floor entrance leading upstairs. Ocean Prime (not to be confused with Ocean Cut in River North) is owned by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants. Ocean Prime would be the Columbus, Ohio-based company’s first expansion into the Chicago market. A new location also opened in Washington D.C. in October.
LondonHouse opened last year in the former Crain’s Communications building, a landmark that previously was the site of Fort Dearborn at Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue, along the Chicago River. The hotel’s rooftop has become one of the hottest spots in the city. It even has private space for pricey, yet intimate wedding proposals.
There’s also room for an additional restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor where the only current tenant is a Corner Bakery. Ownership isn’t ready to share details, but look for an announcement soon.