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Premise: A Sneak Peek

The new facade at Premise. Credit: Lyle Bright

After a few weeks of transforming the former In Fine Spirits lounge into a new concept, Premise (5420 N Clark) is slated to open tonight at 5PM. We had the opportunity to garner a sneak peak last night of what’s to come, and we certainly walked away impressed.

Owners Johnnie Grozenski, Paul Hassenwinkel, and Shane & Jill Kissack have relaunched with an all-star cast featuring chef Brian Runge (Graham Elliot), head bartender Luke LeFiles (Hot Chocolate) and wine director Mark Wrobel.

The decor downstairs is hip, chic and inventive – all at once. Bright white chairs adorn a dimly lit dining area which has been rearranged to accommodate more patrons at closely placed tables giving it more of an intimate feel. The entire south wall is a massive chalkboard which has been drawn upon, while the floors feature what look to be the original ornate tiles of IFS. Upstairs has been completely transformed from what was a minimalist party/event room into “The Salon” – a cozy sexy lounge plush with a fireplace and plenty of comfy seating for you and your guest. In addition, the upstairs features a “Kings Room” with a large private table for ten where you can be treated like a king with a multi-course tasting meal, complete with your own private server, balcony, and restroom.

During our visit, the majority of the


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