Pump Room gets a new name–Booth One, of course
September 7th, 2017
UPTDATED: Rich Melman has found the perfect name for the new-again restaurant located in the home of the the legendary Pump Room.
It’s called Booth One, which is a nod to Melman’s favorite table at the restaurant. Since Melman doesn’t own the “Pump Room” name, he had to find a way to make the old name new again.
Booth One works.
When it was the Pump Room, Booth One was also a favorite table of the many celebrities who dined there.
Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Bette Davis, Bill Murray, Phil Collins, Oprah, Eddie Murphy, John Belushi and Mick Jagger all asked to be seated at the Pump Room’s Booth One.
And their visits there were documented by Irv Kupcinet, the late gossip columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Booth One restaurant will open later this fall in the Ambassador Hotel at 1301 N. State Parkway. Star Chef Rick Tramonto, also the former chef Tru, will head the kitchen at Booth One. (Earlier in the week, Melman’s team announced it was closing Tru in October.)
I wrote earlier this summer about Melman’s dramatic move to take over the the Pump Room, which he ran many years ago.
“I’m excited about doing this. I understand Chicago, and I understand the neighborhood,” Melman said about the restaurant and its place on the Gold Coast.
You can read the full story here in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Melman’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises announced today that Booth One “will be a modern American restaurant with a vibrant all day dining scene.”