After more than a year of design work, buildout and construction, one of Chicago’s hottest restaurant openings, has finally come to fruition.

SVN Restaurant Resource Group’s Jim Martin and Marcus Sullivan represented both Honey’s and the landlord at 1111 W Lake. The contemporary American restaurant concept was the brain child behind several industry veterans, including Virgil Abloh (Kanye West’s create director), who defines the restaurant as, “European elegance meets American swagger.”

Situated in Chicago’s booming West Loop / Fulton Market, the 100-seat restaurant is divided between a dining room and separate bar as well as a private dining room with its own bar that formerly resided in New York City’s The Harrison.

The space features stone flooring across a sleek lounge area, a custom bar taking up much of its east side. Guest must pass through to get to the more sophisticated dining area, which plays on the combo of leather and lace, with black leather booths and lace curtains. White tablecloths provide a nod to fine dining, while oak hitches filled with stemware and freshly cut flowers give a warm, almost “apartment-like” vibe to the interior.

The kitchen, helmed by executive chef and partner, Charles Welch, will rely heavily on a wood-fired hearth to cook rotisserie chickens, whole fish and assorted vegetables. A Limited drink menu, comprised of just five rotating beverages, is designed to allow the bartenders to focus on service.

Honey’s is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight, with food served until 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.