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THE SEXIEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
No table tops Booth One.

From Sinatra to Monroe, The Pump Room hosted the glitterati of the 20th century, and they ruled over the Gold Coast restaurant from Booth One. With its own phone and unmatched views, it was the ultimate see-and-be-seen spot and the city’s most desired table. The Pump Room is gone, but its spirit lives on in Booth One. Says Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman, “It was fun thinking about how we could take the magic of the old room and modernize it.” That modernization can be seen in chic design elements like “Champagne bubble” light fixtures—and especially in the restaurant’s Booth One itself, where gray linen drapery strikingly frames the table and cements its status as the hottest seat in the place. A vintage white rotary phone provides a cheeky finishing touch, and Melman insists the table will remain a truly exclusive seat. “You can’t just reserve Booth One,” he says. “It’s ready for the most important and exciting person in the room at the time.” 1301 N. State Parkway, boothone.com –JPA