After less than three years in Chicago, a former Bravo Best New Restaurant is no more. Dolce Italian, the River North expansion of the popular Miami original, closed last week on the ground floor of The Godfrey Chicago hotel to make room for a lobby expansion and private event space, a representative and staffers say. It was helmed by the popular New York-based group LDV Hospitality.
The restaurant space on the corner of W. Huron Street and N. LaSalle Drive will become public communal space as well as “Godfrey Dining and Special Events,” according to a news release. Look for it to open sometime this spring and seat 150 diners or have room for 300 cocktailers to complement the popular I/O Godfrey on the fourth floor.
Dolce Italian Chicago opened in May 2015 with chef Andrew Deuel running the kitchen, although another noteworthy chef — Danny Grant, who had just moved up from Miami — helped with the opening before moving on to helm Maple & Ash. It served modern upscale Italian food, pastas, brunch with bottomless cocktails, and more to hotel guests and downtown eaters. Business at the restaurant appeared to have slipped in recent months, which, coupled with perpetually booming crowds and event bookings at I/O upstairs, made the move sensible for the hotel. Its Miami restaurant remains open.