Alpana Singh Announces The Boarding House


Master Sommelier and Chicago television celebrity Alpana Singh announces an exciting new project. Singh plans to open The Boarding House in the historic building located at 720 North Wells.

The Boarding House, designed by celebrated Chicago architect Jeremiah Johnson (Kamehachi, Hubbard Inn), will be an upscale multi-level restaurant and wine bar in a vintage building that, at one time, functioned as a boarding house. The name itself pays homage to boarding houses and the integral role they played during an era of great economic boom, in the late nineteenth century, which featured the Columbian Exposition and World’s Fair in Chicago. Boarding houses, many of which were operated by women, provided food and lodging, as well as a source of familial and cultural comfort for the city’s immigrants who came to seek their fortune in Chicago. The Boarding House will offer guests a modern dining experience inspired by a bygone era, in terms of food, libations, ambience, service, and beyond.

The food will reflect the cuisine of classic and new world wine producing regions with a nod to the cultural diaspora of Chicago. Singh says, “The Boarding House will be a sommelier driven restaurant where the wine program will inspire the menu. During my travels, I often discover amazing wine and food experiences and I will now have an opportunity to share these culinary souvenirs with our guests.” The beverage program will be curated by Singh and will feature her favorite wine selections from all over the world in addition to classic aperitifs, cocktails and craft beers.

The Boarding House will open Summer 2012

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