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The dining room looks pretty chic!

Stella Van Buren is not a who. It’s a what – the restaurant that is expected to open, this June, in the new nine-story Westin Hotel (550 N. Van Buren St.).

Combining a modern (light, airy, warm) setting with classic Italian and American steakhouse fare, the restaurant will serve house-made pastas, seafood and USDA prime beef, when possible. The menu isn’t out yet, but a sample of what could be available includes steak tartare, truffled lobster salad, lobster and squid ink linguine, slow-cooked beef short ribs, Mama Rici’s spaghetti and meatballs and branzino with grapefruit, olive and pistachio relish.

Rendering of Stella Van Buren’s dining room

The rendering of the dining room gives a sense of the layout. It’ll have 45 tables and a 50-seat bar. As for the imbibing part, press materials specify a “meticulously curated” bourbon list, extensive Italian and American wines, and a draft beer list “entirely” from Wisconsin breweries.

One of the interesting things about the hotel is its proximity to Lake Michigan. And it’s not the only new development featuring high-end dining in that part of the city: the nearby 18-story 833 East office tower is home to Rare Steakhouse.    

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