They took an opulent 100-year-old jewelry store and put it in a cocktail lounge
Beatnik on the River's owner took an entire 20-by-20 foot store—with massive crystal chandeliers, crystal sconces and bird’s eye maple interior—and dropped it in the middle of the bar. Plus: More openings to know about.
A more than 100-year-old jewelry counter is the star of Beatnik on the River’s new space in the Loop. Last summer, the bar debuted as a seasonal riverfront patio, and now has an indoor space as well. Since the patio closed in October, the partners comprising Bonhomme Hospitality Group have transformed a former sign shop into a bohemian lounge with original crystal chandeliers and sconces from a 1913 Nashville jewelry store. Owner Daniel Alonso took an entire 20 by 20 foot store—with massive crystal chandeliers, crystal sconces and bird’s eye maple interior—and dropped it in the middle of the Beatnik On The River’s new indoor space, serving as an extension of the cocktail bar. The store was restored and put back together by a local master carpenter piece by piece. Essentially a hall of mirrors with recessed mirrored niches and sliding-door cabinets once used for jewelry display and storage, the space includes pink velvet-topped benches on each side of a 16-foot French draper’s table with eight turned legs, three drawers and a lower shelf down the middle. The riverfront patio will reopen when the weather cooperates.