Coming May 15 to Rush Street just north of Chicago’s Oak Street shopping district, Mansion on Rush is a restaurant experience serving sushi, seafood, and steak.
“Mansion on Rush has been a dream, years in the making, and we can’t wait to open our doors,” says managing partner and president of operations Rodrigio Ferrari Millicardi. “We’ve created a sophisticated, luxury experience with the finest quality ingredients for an unmatched experience in the Gold Coast neighborhood.”
In addition to debuting a full dinner and champagne lounge menu, the opening night on Saturday, May 15, will feature an exclusive set performed by DJ Kim Lee. Star of Netflix’s “Bling Empire,” Kim Lee will kick off the first official weekend at Mansion on Rush with a one-night-only exclusive performance from 11 – 12:30 pm. Reservations are now available for opening night and beyond with 90-minute seating times beginning at 5 pm and dinner service operating until 10:30 pm. Late-night seatings starting at 10:30 pm will feature a light sushi and caviar menu.
Mansion on Rush is a Japanese fusion restaurant, bar, and Champagne Lounge with Latin flair. Located at 1009 N. Rush Street between Bellevue Place and Oak Street, and with 160-seats. Upon entering the world of Mansion on Rush, patrons are welcomed into an interior with global music and fare.
“We paid attention to every detail in the restaurant, from the custom millwork in the lounge to the original murals in our VIP entrance,” says Ferrari. “The high-end design details provide a style unique to Mansion on Rush, but the customization we added make it a comfortable, welcoming experience for our guests.”
Involved in every step of the process, Ferrari completely revamped the property to develop and open his dream concept in just three months. A veteran of the restaurant and hospitality industry, Ferrari has been in the business with his father, the late legendary restaurateur Luigi Ferrari-Millicardi, for nearly three decades. Mansion on Rush is Ferrari’s first project on his own, separate from anything he worked on or began with his father.
“I learned everything from my father, from the day to day operations to optimizing the guest experience,” recalls Ferrari. “I’ve brought all of that experience to Mansion on Rush and incorporated it into a concept that I’ve been dreaming about for years. There are no words to express how it feels to see it finally come to life.”
Ferrari began looking for a space to build Mansion on Rush almost five years ago. After taking over the lease from Stockton Restaurant & Lounge in February 2021, it was all-hands-on-deck to be ready for a May opening. The concept features an array of details anddesigns including gold, silver, and pearl notes throughout the restaurant, mosaic and herringbone marble tiles, seating built to custom specifications.
No corner was left untouched. The raw bar features a tambura tide stone with plush seating so diners can observe the sushi chefs at work. The ladies’ room boasts a herringbone marble tile with white gold accents and custom marble countertops. The men’s room has a masculine design with dark marble covering the space. And finally, the VIP restroom is decked out in kryptonite with platinum accents throughout.
Spearheading the kitchen, Executive Chefs Alberto Padilla and Chris Traynor will be leading a dual kitchen set up featuring hot and cold items. Previously heading the kitchen at La Scarola for nearly 21 years, Chef Alberto oversees the hot kitchen with a menu featuring a selection of premium Wagyu cuts, small plates, and meat, seafood, and vegetarian entrées as well as desserts.
Featured items include the King Crab with spicy garlic aioli and aha nori; Chilean Sea Bass with mushroom soy dashi Gai Lan; Duck Confit with mole sauce and purple cauliflower rice; and Wild Mushroom Lo Mein with a melody of mushrooms, sake cream, and shaved truffle. Wagyu Beef is available in a variety of prime cuts, including American Wagyu Zabuton and Filet, and served with two sauces – Japanese Sesame and Chimichurri.
Chef Chris comes to Mansion on Rush previously serving as executive chef for Pl8 in Barrington. An admirer of traditional Japanese cuisine, Chef Chris created a menu of cold items including oysters, a raw bar, and caviar that pays respect to the culture with a Latin fusion all his own.
The sushi menu features a variety of Maki, Sashimi, and Nigiri. Highlights include Diamond Back Maki –Hamachi topped with blue fin tuna on top of an avocado cream and cilantro pesto, garnished with chili and ponzu caviar; Seared A5 Maki featuring grilled asparagus and avocado served on top of sesame sauce with shaved truffles, gold leaf, and house soy; Tuna Sumiso Sashimi - blue fin tuna, avocado with dried miso, miso vinaigrette, micro sisho, and black sesame; and Oh-Toro Nigiri prepared with truffle soy, shaved truffle, and Golden Osetra Caviar.
The Raw Bar will feature a variety of west and east coast Oysters with a variety of sauce options including Latin cocktail sauce and Japanese Mignonette; Alaskan King Crab Legs by the pound with garlic aioli and wasabi cocktail sauce; Ferrari Enzo – bluefin tuna tartar topped with Emperor’s Beluga Hybrid caviar, wasabi crema, shaved truffles, and gold leaf; and more.
Also available, a selection of caviar sourced internationally and domestically curated by Ferrari and Rod Markus from Rare Tea Cellars. The signature collection features a total of ten varieties including Beluga Hybrid Caviar, Smoked Trout Roe, and Mississippi Delta Bowfin Roe.
The Champagne Lounge
The Champagne Lounge is another space within Mansion on Rush. Offering a menu all its own, the Lounge will serve Champagne by the bottle and craft cocktails, caviar including vegetarian, and select sushi items. With 40 dedicated seats, the Lounge has plush, black velvet couches with marble tables at a height customized to hit the knee. A custom-built DJ booth with custom gold tiles and white marble detailing the mixing station. Mansion on Rush will host DJ’s each weekend to perform their latest set, beginning at 10pm.
“The Champagne Lounge is our premium VIP area,” says Ferrari. “You get to indulge in the highlights of our menu and top-shelf drinks, but it’s also comfortable, so you can spend time with friends. We’ve customized the design so the experience is the best it can be all the way down to the table height.”
The Champagne Lounge menu serves Mansion’s signature Caviar menu featuring Sturgeon Caviars, Roes, and Vegetarian. Select special Nigiri and Maki are also available to enjoy alongside the restaurant’s premier champagne menu.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mansion on Rush is open seven days a week from 5 pm – 1 am. Reservations can be made via Tock. Each experience requires a deposit starting at $75.