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Happy days are here again: Jerry Kleiner’s 33 Club opens


Restaurateur Jerry Kleiner (Marche, Red Light, Gioco, Opera, et al.), who pioneered dining in the West and South Loop, now takes on an established restaurant neighborhood: Old Town.

As he says in this interview with Dining Chicago’s David Lissner, Kleiner’s 33 Club, opening today, also takes on an established meme: American food. Named for 1933, the year Prohibition ended and Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal began, Club 33 offers a hopeful and celebratory renewal of the old-school, “clubby” American restaurant.

Chef Daniel Kelly (D.Kelly, Avenue M) oversees the kitchen, cooking up steaks, burgers and dishes like braised veal ragout and broiled Lake Superior whitefish, plus moderately priced bar bites.

More understated than Kleiner’s typical baroque decor, the interior features 20-foot-high, mahogany ceilings, wood and mosaic floors and a grand staircase. A mahogany and glass back bar and a fireplace highlight the bar area.