A new restaurant and bar has replaced the Fulton Market space vacated in January by Honey’s. It’s called Eleven Eleven and former Honey’s team member Ahmed Braimah owns the spot and has assembled a new food and beverage team. They’ve only opened the main bar on the first floor and they’ll unveil the second floor at a later date.
Former Roister sous chef Pierce Buckman is Eleven Eleven’s chef and his menu so far features small plates and charcuterie. One of the standout items so far is an aged cheddar grilled cheese with braised greens and black garlic.
“We want to grow into the full space organically. We’re in no rush,” Braimah wrote in a text message. “We are building the program around the wine bar and then rolling out complementary cultural events.”
The second floor bar was called The Hive when Honey’s was open. The space will be renamed Next Level and they’ll focus on large-format cocktails and Champagne. Alexander Carlin is the restaurant and bar’s wine director and GM. Eventually, the team — which also includes creative director Trey White — wants to serve three-course casual meals in Eleven Eleven’s main dining room while offering special events: “But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Braimah wrote.
Honey’s was critically acclaimed which made the shutter hurt even more. Braimah said he’s learned from the experience and is even more focused on making customers happy in a unique way with Eleven Eleven and Next Level.
“As long as you keep a winning mindset, there’s no such thing as failure,” he wrote. “Every opportunity is a chance to learn something. We only bounce back harder, better, stronger.”
The stealthy opening is reminiscent of a musician releasing an album on unsuspecting fans without warning. Braimah wrote that they do find inspiration through music. Eleven Eleven will use music and photography to deliver a special experience to customers.
“We feel that if we have a strong product rooted in firm fundamentals, we will be able to organically build a devoted, local clientele,” he wrote. “Just like if the music’s good enough, people will tell their friends.”
Braimah will share more once they have more to unveil, but for now Eleven Eleven is open in Fulton Market.
Eleven Eleven, 1111 W. Lake Street, (312) 248-8942, open 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday; 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.