The Evie (535 North Michigan Avenue) is slated to open doors in June 2023. Taking over the former 7,000 square foot Bandera space on the Magnificent Mile, the team is helmed by George Archos, the entrepreneur behind Wildberry Café and CEO of cannabis company Verano Holdings. Joining Archos is Partner Nick Nitti, owner of several Chicago restaurants including Forno Rosso (West Loop & Dunning), Lucia Rose, and Cucina 3 Italian, as well as Executive Chef Phil Rubino, who has worked at restaurants such as Spiaggia, L2O, Cicchetti and more.
The Evie, which is named after Archos’s daughter and mother, will present all-new lunch and dinner offerings, including sushi, prime steaks and Classic American dishes such as seasonal fish, pastas, burgers, salads and sandwiches, as well as a bar.
“As someone who lives and works downtown, there’s plenty of dining options, but the majority of restaurants, especially right on Michigan Avenue, are big-box chains, fast-casual spots, or venues owned by out of market operators,” says Archos. “I started working in Chicago restaurants with my dad at our family-owned eateries when I was just a kid. We have one of the most incredible independent restaurant scenes in the world in this city, and some of the best hospitality you’ll ever find. Between the growing number of residents living downtown, returning tourists and the hospital campus, we’re thrilled to bring a Chicago-owned addition to one of the most iconic stretches of real estate around.”