Thursday, November 16, 2017 – Booth One (1301 N. State Parkway) is a classic Chicago restaurant reinvented by the Lettuce Entertain You team of partners Molly Melman, Sue Kim-Drohomyrecky, Doug Psaltis and Rich Melman and opens today at the Ambassador Chicago in the Gold Coast. The restaurant is being reintroduced into one of the most storied dining spaces in the history of Chicago.
“The first time we owned the space, we had five restaurants,” says Rich Melman. “I didn’t know what I was doing; I would read a book about service one night and come back the next day and teach what I learned. Coming back into the space today, knowing what I know now, I really feel we have a chance to do it better than ever.”
Chicagoans may remember what the iconic restaurant that preceded Booth One was all about: It was magical, elegant and fun.
“We hope guests will come because of nostalgia but fall in love with the food, service, fun and modern elegance of the space,” says Melman.
How it’s lookin?
Booth One was designed by the Lettuce Entertain You design team and has been updated to feel more youthful and social. The restaurant seats approximately 225 guests and has more than a half dozen different private dining spaces. The design is simple yet elegant with sophisticated neutral tones of cream and pops of gold, giving the space a dreamy, mystical feel. The modern elegance of Booth One serves as a chic back-drop for the “wow” food presentations, entertainment and see-and-be-seen guests.
The lighting of Booth One feels approachable and comfortable for an all-day restaurant, with white drapery and natural light that makes the space feel inviting. One of the most notable changes is the bar area with lounge seating and high-top tables perfect for an after-dinner glass of champagne, a cocktail or dessert. The team took great care in the acoustics of the space, ensuring that while it’s a lively, social restaurant, guests will always be able to hear friends and family at the table.
Booth One? Right this way…
The famed Booth One will be reserved for select VIP and celebrity guests as it has been in years past. If you’re lucky enough to score a seat in the actual Booth One and happen to forget your cell phone, no problem: The vintage rotary white phone will be right there at your disposal.
It always starts with the food.
“Every project we’ve ever done starts with the food. I thought Doug and his team outdid themselves with this menu,” says Melman.
Created by chef / partner Doug Psaltis, the menu at Booth One utilizes top quality, seasonal ingredients and focuses on simple dishes done well. The menu also features modern interpretations of throwback dishes.
The menu is arranged into four sections: The First Course offers salads, raw preparations and small plates to share; Mains include seafood, steaks and chops; Light Dinners highlight more casual fare; and Daily Specials feature modern interpretations of nostalgic entrees of yesteryear.
Booth One’s beverage program boasts classic, straightforward cocktails and a wine menu focusing on French and American bottles that complement the modern cuisine.
Booth One is open for dinner, with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch service to follow.
About Booth One:
Booth One is open for dinner, with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch service to follow. Booth One is located in the Ambassador Chicago (1301 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610). Hours are dinner Sunday 4PM – 10PM, Monday – Thursday 4PM-11PM and Friday and Saturday 4PM-12AM. The Library Bar is open all day Sunday – Thursday 6AM – 12AM and Friday and Saturday 6AM – 1AM. Room Service is available for hotel guests daily from 6AM – 11AM for breakfast and 4PM – 12AM for dinner.