I hate going out on Saturday nights. It’s crowded, lines are long, people are drunk and I am cranky.
BUT when the Melman family has a restaurant opening- you go or prepare to suffer mad FOMO. I don’t care if it’s Sunday at midnight, I’d be there.
So last night Alex and I got dressed up* for the RPM Steak opening and had our friends Juliet and Gregor Angus over before for some rooftop rose and “Juliet Spritzers”.
*I wore a dress, Alex wore a nicer v neck tee than usual- aka- his version of dressing up
Juliette and I first met in NYC back in 2001 when we were auditioning for an ESPN Reality Show called Beg, Borrow and Deal. I remember thinking she was nuts, and praying that if I made the show, she wasn’t one of the other three teammates that I’d be traveling with from Times Square to Alcatraz Island.
Well, she was. And we won. And I loved her from the morning we stood in Times Square and began filming, and still love her all these years later.
Clearly that show didn’t turn us into A listers (or any listers) but now Juliet is on Bravo’s Ladies of London and she’s a legit reality star. She literally got stopped for photos on the street- obsessed.
She grew up in Chicago and has family here still, which means we were able to catch up and I FINALLY got to meet her husband.
Juliet and Giuliana are old friends as well, so the opening was the perfect excuse for a night out.
The restaurant was packed with Chicago athletes, news anchors and pretty much everyone you’d want to see. It felt massive, and had multiple levels including an upstairs that’s perfect for private parties.
Both the Melmans and their PR team thought of every detail, per usual- the bars were everywhere and the food stations were ridiculous.
I’m glad I got to see it, cause I know getting a reservation will be pretty much impossible for the next…year or five.
Cheers *clinks spritzers*