CHICAGO – RPM On The Water, a dramatic four-level restaurant and events venue, is slated to open on the north side of Chicago’s downtown riverfront at 321 N. Clark Street. This marks the fourth collaboration for the RPM Restaurants team of partners, celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis and siblings R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE). The building that RPM On The Water will occupy is part of a $50 million building upgrade with global real estate developers Hines, Levy Family Partners, Diversified and American Realty Advisors who are working with architecture firm Goettsch Partners. Award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group will be handling the restaurant’s interiors. RPM On The Water is set to open summer 2019.
Located on the north bank, RPM On The Water will overlook the central business district, anchoring the River North mixed-use neighborhood and nearby Michigan Avenue. The building itself has been recognized internationally as a premier example of Chicago’s modern architectural legacy and is home to several large tenants, including the American Bar Association and CBRE commercial real estate.
“A project of this magnitude is a true team effort, and we’re lucky to work with the best of the best,” says R.J. Melman, partner and president of Lettuce Entertain You. “This includes the premier ownership group as well as two of the world’s best design teams, Goettsch and Rockwell Group. Of course, none of this would be possible without Mayor Emanuel’s remarkable vision for the redevelopment of the Chicago riverfront,” Melman adds.
RPM On The Water will house three separate venues including an upscale bi-level restaurant, a private events space and a yet-to-be-named casual concept, all with outdoor areas and expansive views overlooking the Chicago River. There will also be boat slips for those arriving via waterway.
“This latest restaurant in the RPM family will focus on high-quality seafood and more, in addition to the exceptional wine program and impeccable service for which the brand is known,” says partner Bill Rancic. “We’re thrilled to join forces with Rockwell for our first official design project together – their interpretation of the space features floor-to-ceiling windows, open-air patios and waterfront views from practically every vantage point in the restaurant,” notes Rancic.
With the success of its private dining and event capabilities at RPM Italian in Chicago and Washington, D.C. and RPM Steak in Chicago, there will be an entire level dedicated to parties and banquets, accommodating groups as small as eight for intimate gatherings or for more than 300 guests for lavish weddings, large-scale corporate events and more.
“RPM’s modern elegance and refinement maintains our goal to offer one-of-a-kind events that create lifelong memories,” says partner Giuliana Rancic. The television personality and designer adds, “One aspect we’re especially excited about is the complete RPM wedding experience. From fully-customized menus by our chef/partner Doug Psaltis to exquisite floral and bespoke linens, our team does it all.”
More details for RPM On The Water will be released as they develop. For more information about RPM Restaurants, please contact Laura Isabella at email@example.com; visit rpmrestaurants.com and follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.