CHICAGO, IL – August 26, 2014 – RPM Steak, a new concept from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic, and acclaimed chef/ partner Doug Psaltis opens today in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The sister restaurant to RPM Italian, which opened in February 2012, RPM Steak marks the second collaboration between the partners. This new venture brings a contemporary, chef-driven approach to a traditional steakhouse menu as well as ageless cosmopolitan glamour to the overall dining experience.
“We are overwhelmed and extremely appreciative by the success of RPM Italian,” said Bill Rancic. “We are really looking forward to bringing Chicago our modern interpretation of the traditional steakhouse.”
The menu, created by chef/partner Doug Psaltis, features more than a dozen different cuts of steak all sourced from handpicked purveyors from across the globe. “We were determined not to rest on old steakhouse laurels,” says Psaltis, “So the first thing we did was source great product.”
Whether it’s 20-ounce grass-fed ribeye from Slagel Farm in Downstate Illinois, 60-day aged cote de boeuf and 28-day-aged New York Strip from great dry age houses from around the country, or the five-ounce Japanese Kobe A5 strip steak, Psaltis has curated a lineup of best-in-class producers for each cut. Among RPM Steak’s signature items: an eight-ounce prime ribeye cap and The Duke, a center-cut prime ribeye filet that are butchered and hand-cut in house.
Psaltis uses three cooking methods for the steaks: hardwood, coal, and a high-temperature broiler. “Each cut of steak is unique,” says Psaltis. “I wanted to respect that by using the cooking methods that will best bring out its special quality.”
The chef rounds out the menu with bison and lamb, coal-roasted chicken, and an outstanding seafood selection that features Colossal Tiger Prawns, Spicy Miso-Roasted Maine Lobster, and a citrus-tinged Halibut T-bone. Another distinctive aspect of the menu: a section dedicated exclusively to a rotating list of mushrooms, including hand-foraged chanterelle mushrooms and roasted hen of the woods.
Desserts include a daily selection of elegant soufflés in addition to chef’s interpretations of classic desserts like Baked Alaska and the 14-Carat Chocolate Cake, a chocolate-layer cake topped in edible gold leaf.
WINE & COCKTAILS
The wine menu features a global selection of 350 wines, all hand-chosen by Wine Director Richard Hanauer, who previously created wine lists for two-Michelin Star restaurant, L2O. The list highlights the best steak-friendly wines from regions across the globe, with a special emphasis on American producers. By-the-glass offerings will include vintages currently at their peak, allowing diners the rare opportunity to sample limited-run productions without the expense of a full bottle.Mixologist and Lettuce Entertain You partner, Paul McGee, oversees the cocktail program, which is inspired by iconic steakhouse bar favorites with elevated twists. Whiskey connoisseurs will also appreciate the list of 40 to 50 scotch whiskeys, focusing on small-batch and independent bottlers.
DÉCOR & ATMOPSHERE
Designed by Lettuce Entertain You, the 8,500 square foot, 350-seat space evokes that ambience of the Chicago steakhouse, with a timeless feel. Guests will be greeted at a marble-topped concierge stand, before entering the chic, effervescent bar. The sunken dining room is outfitted in rich creamy leathers and offset by mahogany wood paneling. Bold touches like theatrical lighting hangs from the ceiling, subtly recalling an Old Hollywood soundstage, while other stylish design elementslike a bowler hat sculpture and a Victorian-style train station clock above the room, add hints of vintage British elegance.
“Our goal was to combine classic steakhouse architecture with modern finishes,” says Jerrod Melman. “The result is a dramatic yet intimate dining room.”
One particular design highlight: semicircular booths lining the entire perimeter of the dining room are designed for maximizing each guest’s vantage point making RPM Steak a see-and-to-be-seen social destination. Above the dining room, the Mezzanine seats 100 guests and provides a panoramic view restaurant, and is ideal for hosting a private party or cocktail reception.
RPM Steak is located at 66 W. Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654, and open daily for dinner, Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Lunch service to follow soon. For more information, visit RPMSteak.com or call 312-284-4990. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @RPMSteakChi.