Even though Portsmith, the new restaurant inside the Dana Hotel & Spa, 660 N. State St., is on the ground floor, this place isn’t for landlubbers in River North. Fifty/50 Restaurant Group is diving into the world of upscale seafood. The new restaurant is part of a larger Dana revamp and started with the rooftop bar. Apogee debuted earlier this year.
The space is sleek, as a dark wooden bar is shaped like the side of a modern viking warship. Perhaps Portsmith wants to take diners on a voyage to Valhalla. But relax those red beards, the space is more refined with subway tiles and brass light fixtures. There’s Navy blue on the seats and on the stairs that lead up to the second floor and the monster-inspired Leviathan bar. Check back next week for more on that project.
Portsmith replaces Freestyle food+drink inside the hotel, and there’s a sidewalk patio, too. There’s a few holdovers from the old space, but check out the photos below and see what’s changed. There’s no official opening date yet, but look for the restaurant to debut in late August or early September.