Last night we had the pleasure of joining them for a quick sneak peak at the restaurant prior to the official opening. Obviously it's tough to get a good feel for the restaurant during a private event (so stay tuned for our next visit), but based on experience last night there is a lot of potential for this new addition.
The first thing that strikes you about Tribute is the decor and general ambiance of the space. It's amazing to think about what was there before, but the renovated space looks 1000 times better than the old restaurant Savoy that used to occupy this space.
The space has numerous interesting design elements, but generally has a very simple and minimalistic feel. In our opinion the most dramatic design elements are the amazing "Chandeliers". These are made of reclaimed wine barrels and 35 millimeter film from the original Disney animated version of Alice in Wonderland. Simply spectacular and truly a unique touch to the restaurant (see picture above).
In regard to the size of the restaurant, it's a huge place! We're not sure how many people it can hold, but it seems like a lot. They also have space in the back that can be utilized for private events.
We didn't have a chance to sample a ton of food, but what we did have was truly unique. The highlight was the Veal Sweetbreads (w/ smoked potato, lavender, pickled ramp and country lemon) which had an amazing taste and texture. We also tasted a sample of the Pork Belly (w/ sweet potato, maple, mustard greens and cherry). Both were definitely unique and proof that this isn't your typically South Loop eatery.
Also sampled were two drinks. The "Pretty Persuasion" which was a pink, fruity cocktail served in a martini class with organic vodka, mathilde pear, st. germain elderflower liqueur hibiscus syrup and champagne. The other was "Crom's Thunder" which was their twist on a Gin and Tonic. This consisted of deaths door gin, white creme de cacao lemon and tonic. Tasty.
So there you have it. Our first take on this much anticipated new restaurant. We're looking forward to heading back to try a full on meal but would love to hear your thoughts as you try it.
There seemed to be a bunch of media types at the event, so if we read anything interesting we will throw up a link for you to get more background.
Anyway, best of luck to Tribute and excited to have you in the hood!