Fine Dining Restaurant Planned for 7Seventy7 Building
Lupi & Iris will replace Maurer's Urban Market with cuisine from French and Italian Riviera.
Lupi & Iris will open on the first floor of the 7Seventy7 apartment tower at 777 N. Van Buren St. in East Town. The menu will feature cuisine from the French and Italian Riveria according to a press release.
In 2008 he won the James Beard Award as the best chef in the Midwest.
“Adam and I both come from families where well-made, flavorful food is extremely important. For each of our families, it was a point of pride,” said DeMichele. “With Lupi & Iris, we’re taking family pride and applying it to every aspect of the restaurant – from the front of the house to the back. Our promise is to continually deliver outstanding hospitality, service and dining in an amazing environment.”
The two met years ago when their children attended the same grade school.
Lupi is the name of Siegel’s late father-in-law. Iris is the name of DeMichele’s Italian immigrant grandmother.
The 10,500-square-foot space, running the length of E. Mason St. from N. Van Buren St. to N. Jackson St., will be reconfigured to hold six different dining and drinking areas, an outdoor patio, U-shaped bar, lounge, dining room, chef’s counter and private dining room.
The partners hired Knauer Incorporated to serve as the design architect. The firm’s work includes a number of Chicago restaurants including Gibsons Italia, Le Colonial and Acanto.
The press release announcing the restaurant notes that Siegel has been involved in opening 20 different restaurants during his time with Bartolotta.
“Each decision Michael and I have made so far is based on the fact we’re pouring our heart and soul into Lupi & Iris. We’ve defined a standard of excellence and are adhering to that at every step of the way,” said Siegel.
The real estate developer also is a member of the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board.
The 35-story 7Seventy7 tower was developed as an investment property by Northwestern Mutual and completed in 2018. The building has 310 luxury apartments and also includes more than 1,000 parking stalls, many of which are used by Northwestern Mutual employees. The complex is the 6th most valuable property in the city by assessed value.