Bernie’s Lunch & Supper

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Gnocchi and Whiskey in a Former Strip Club

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Before we tell you about Bernie’s Lunch & Supper, a new place of food and of drink opening tonight in River North, we should be totally up-front with you...

It once housed a seedy strip club frequented by a dancer named Dixie Bubbles. But, please, don’t hold that against it.

You weren’t going to?

Oh. Well, then. Let’s proceed.

Your chef has worked at little places like Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Café Boulud. You’ll be sitting amid lots of windows, long aquamarine benches and elegant brass fixtures, which you should look at in this slideshow.

All in all, it’s now a highly respectable establishment in which to eat pickled mussels, gnocchi and roasted chickens that take five days to prepare. (Have a menu.)

It’s the kind of place where you’ll bring dates and clients, of course. But it’s also casual enough to feel perfectly at ease pulling up a seat at the bar for a burger and a nice drink.

Heads up, though: you may find a chorizo garnish on the side of that drink. If so, you’re drinking the Carnivore made with duck fat, truffle bitters and 111-proof, cask-strength whiskey.

Finally, you can stop making that at home.

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