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The Boarding House Opens in River North

Posted on December 18th, 2012 by


The Boarding House, a wine-driven restaurant from Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, officially opens on Thursday, Dec. 20.

Featuring the rustic, New American and European cuisine of Executive Chef Christian Gosselin, Boarding House boasts a 100-seat first floor bar, a 75-seat subterranean cellar and a third floor dining room.

Wine & Food

The Boarding House features a thoughtful selection of approximately 450 wines from throughout the world from classics such as California Chardonnay and Oregon Pinot Noir, to unique and interesting wines that surprise and delight. Singh tasted more than 1,000 wines to narrow down the portfolio, which includes several older vintages and exclusive selections. The restaurant offers a menu of shareable wine bar provisions in the cellar and bar areas, and an extensive offering of small, medium and large plates in the third floor dining room.

The Space

The first floor of The Boarding House serves as the restaurant’s entry point and main bar where guests may enjoy drinks and a light bite. With seating for 100, guests can match their beverage selections with traditional wine bar provisions such as cheese and charcuterie, Northern California-style pizzas, and more.

The 75-seat cellar includes an intimate cocktail bar, lounge seating, and banquettes that run the perimeter of the space. Patrons of the cellar can experience wines by the bottle, exclusive, high-end wines by the glass, classic cocktails, luxury spirits and craft beer, all meant to be taken in with the same menu as featured in the bar.

Located on the third floor, the dining room features soaring ceilings, exposed beams, inlaid hardwood floors and tables, large bay windows overlooking the River North neighborhood, cozy banquettes and more. A custom ceiling installation made from 3,456 wine bottles brings an exciting design element to the space. The menu features a mix of small ($7-$12), medium ($14-$16), large ($22-$45), and shared plates designed for two. Dishes include items like a seafood tower, braised meats, rack of lamb, house made pastas, steak and variety of seafood entrees.

For additional information, please visit Boarding House online.

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