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The Promontory Could Join Akira on 53rd Street

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Hyde Park residents eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Promontory concert hall, bar
and restaurant at 1539 E. 53rd Street.  Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden,
owners of the restaurant Longman & Eagle, plan to open the venue in early 2013.

Finkelman (Empty Bottle, Beauty Bar) and Golden (S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, Union)
are two of the first business owners to be involved with the 53rd Street revitalization project.

The multimillion-dollar effort is a unique partnership of the University of Chicago and
the City of Chicago to revitalize an area that has seen its entertainment landscape
change time and again.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that Derek R.B. Douglas, vice president for civic engagement
for the University of Chicago, said the university has worked with local officials and
the community for several years “to find out what Hyde Park wanted for 53rd Street
and how that fit in with the university’s interests. Through a series of workshops,
residents concluded that 53rd Street was the natural focus for retail, dining and entertainment
values the neighborhood needed. That dovetailed with the university’s interests.”

The Promontory will be in the former two-story Borders bookstore at the corner of
Lake Park and 53rd. The entertainment venue and restaurant will operate from
the rear and second floor of the building. The popular Chicago-based fashion
retailer, Akira, is currently the most prominently featured retailer in the front of the building.