Restaurant Development & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 5 5 Kara Callero. "A lot of the restaurants and lounges along Sunset Boulevard back in the day did just that. When people went out for an evening, they went for a special experience — for people-watching, listen- ing to great music, being in an incredibly beautiful space, and having great food and drinks. That's where the inspira- tion for the concept started. We wanted BLVD to encompass all of that but to do so in contemporized, relevant ways that wouldn't be too literal or theme-y." Callero comes to restaurant develop- ment and operations from a background in hospitality and restaurant public relations. Her husband and partner in Sancerre Hospitality, Frank Callero, is a real estate attorney. A third partner, Steve Zaleski, is Frank's cousin and a real estate investor and developer. Frank and Steve worked together at Sancerre Real Estate prior to looping Kara in to launch Sancerre Hospitality. Their first task — finding a loca- tion — was one for which the team was well suited. Snagging a space in their target West Loop neighborhood, how- ever, wasn't easy. With redevelopment rampant over the past several years and almost no listings available, Callero re- calls the site-selection process including a lot of shoe leather and door knocking on frigid Chicago winter days. Behind the curved bar, gold-tinted mirrors provide warmth and energy to the first-floor space. A large illuminated liquor shelf highlights premium pours and frames the far end of the bar. Image courtesy of Anthony Tahlier The most Instagrammed spot in the house, the ladies' room invites guests to linger and soak up the vintage Hollywood dressing-room vibe. Image courtesy of Kailley Lindman

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