Though the menu at Proxi, the second restaurant from Sepia’s Emanuel Nony and chef Andrew Zimmerman, concentrates on global street food, diners will hardly feel like they’re at a hot dog stand. Yes, Nony and Zimmerman have described the restaurant as more casual compared to Sepia, their fine-dining destination since 2007 in the West Loop. But Proxi’s decadent touches and thoughtful finishes still could make it a spot for special occasions too when it opens to the public on June 13.
Crews have transformed the former Werner Printing Co. into a mid-century American brasserie. Ownership contracted Meyer Davis, the New York-based studio that worked on St. Cecilia in Atlanta. Earlier this year, the studio earned the James Beard Foundation Award for outstanding design for a restaurant with 76 or more seats.
Oversized leather booths lean against the southern wall, cut off by the central bar. Look for brass-framed mirrors, rustic wood floor planks and custom-designed cement tiles splitting the dining room from the bar and lounge. While there is a division, the menus will remain the same for the entire space. There’s also a chef’s table that peers into the kitchen. Maybe eaters there will see Zimmerman’s precious wood-burning grill.
Check out the photos below. Proxi opens on Tuesday, June 13 at 565 W. Randolph St. Sepia fans can’t miss it — it’s right next door.