Ocean Prime, the modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, and Oxford Capital Group, LLC announced the opening of a Chicago location next year at the Shops at LondonHouse located at the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. The restaurant will be open for weekly lunch and nightly dinner, delivering the same genuine hospitality guests across the country have come to know and love. Chicagoans can also expect an impressive menu of seafood and prime cuts of steak, signature cocktails and a Wine Spectator-honored wine list.
“We’re thrilled to open an Ocean Prime in Chicago, a city we’ve had our sights set on for quite a while,” says Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and a past recipient of the Richard Melman Concepts of Tomorrow Award. “When we toured the dramatic, beautiful space, looked out across the Chicago River through its floor-to-ceiling windows, and felt the energy of the neighborhood, we knew the time was right.”
The Shops at LondonHouse are now more than 50 percent leased including Ocean Prime and Corner Bakery, which will be introducing a first of its kind prototype store later this year on the ground floor on Wacker Drive. Approximately 10,000 square feet of contiguous ground floor retail space remains available for lease located at the southwest corner of North Michigan Avenue and East Wacker Drive—one of Chicago’s most heavily trafficked intersections.
The restaurant, designed by Mark Knauer of Knauer, Inc., is slated to be 12,350 square feet. Knauer and his team will create an ambiance that pays homage to the city: Large scale photographs with a nod to iconic local personalities of the past will wrap the entryway, transparencies of Chicago architecture will be featured throughout, and beautiful black and white paintings by local artist Lydia Cash will lend a soft elegance. Metallic pillars, glistening chandeliers and marble bar tops will punctuate the dramatic atmosphere.
To bring the energy of the city into the dining room, Knauer embodied a voyeuristic spirit. “Because the restaurant is on the second floor, we gave a lot of thought about how to connect it to the activity on the street below,” says Knauer.
With two bars and ample banquette seating, the restaurant will offer up to 350 guests an ideal place to socialize, talk business, celebrate and indulge. Perfect for events and corporate functions, its expansive private dining spaces will include three rooms, each of which will seat 24 and combine to seat 72.
“The unique design and positioning of this flagship restaurant we are confident will do justice to this truly iconic space,” says Sarang Peruri, Principal, Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC. “It will be a fantastic amenity to hotel guests, existing and future retail tenancy, and the vibrant neighborhood at the epicenter of the North Michigan Avenue shopping district, the Chicago Riverwalk, Millennium Park, and the Central Business District.”
The Shops at LondonHouse, located at the foot of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (DuSable Bridge), sit amidst prominent hotels, office buildings, the soon-to-be-open Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E Wacker Drive, and destination retail – including the recently-opened Chicago flagship Apple store. Ocean Prime will have a primary entrance on Wacker Drive and second floor internal entrance adjacent to the hotel’s check-in lobby. Managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC, the wholly owned affiliate of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, LondonHouse Chicago synchronizes the classical 1920s architecture of the landmark London Guarantee and Accident Building with a modernist 22-story all-glass tower addition designed by internationally-renowned architecture firm Goettsch Partners.
“LondonHouse is one of Chicago’s most perfectly positioned lifestyle destinations—at the convergence of both the Magnificent Mile and the Millennial Mile,” says RKF Vice President Anthony Campagni. “Oxford Capital Group and Angelo, Gordon & Co.’s transformative investment in this unique property has created a wonderful opportunity for a world-class restaurant—and Ocean Prime is sure to thrive there.”
“We are delighted to welcome Ocean Prime to Chicago and look forward to working with Cameron Mitchell and his team to execute our collective vision for this one-of-a-kind space,” says John W. Rutledge, Founder, President and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC and Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC.