CHICAGO, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Raffles International and Swissotel Chicago are pleased to announce three new restaurant and cafe concepts planned for the property in their Illinois Center Concourse, to be called Currents, Geneva and Expressions. These three new restaurants and cafes will create exciting and fun new choices for Chicago's diverse culinary consumers, said Jennie Chua, Raffles International President, and Chief Operating Officer, visiting from Singapore to make the announcement at a 12 o'clock noon media lunch at Swissotel today. Raffles International acquired Swissotel in 2001.
Currents, Expressions and Geneva are scheduled to open in March, 2002.
Swissotel Chicago's new lunch and dinner location, Currents, will offer diners a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere, while they experience New American cuisine with Mediterranean influences at moderate prices. The concept of Currents derives from the definition of the word, meaning to exist now, happening, in force, at the present, and also reflecting a flow of water or an electric charge. We think Currents is most in keeping with the prime location of Swissotel Chicago, overlooking the city and Lake Michigan where it meets the Chicago River, said Tom Klein, Swissotel senior vice president of operations – the Americas. The ambiance and cuisine will enhance Currents' contemporary atmosphere, seasonal menu, newly released wines and a large selection of grappa, he said.
Swissotel Chicago's cafe concept, Expressions, will feature Lavazza Italian coffee, refreshing afternoon cappuccinos and latte's and European pastries. We believe Expressions will help fuel the growing and ever-changing desire that people have for a cup of java, said Joseph Violi, the hotel's general manager.
Geneva will offer guests a tranquil breakfast featuring American cuisine with a European flair. And, in the afternoon and evening hours, the restaurant will transform into banquet or meeting space for up to 140 people in order to service the variety of needs of the busy companies and people nearby, according to Violi.
Expressions will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Geneva will be open for breakfast seven days a week. Currents will be open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday.
At Currents, Swissotel Chicago's executive chef, Robert Simpson, has created a menu that will tempt the modern diner's palate, including braised beef short ribs, roasted aromatic vegetables drizzled with aged red wine, fresh herbs and olive oil served with mashed potatoes and fresh green beans. Seafood lovers will delight in his pan seared Chilean sea bass accompanied by French lentils, crispy mushrooms, wilted peas and tendrils or crab agnolotti in a basil Pinot Grigio cream sauce topped with cracked pepper. A typical dessert will be warm chocolate molten cake served with hazelnut ice cream. In addition, Currents plans moderate menu prices, including $12 – $18 starters, $15 – $32 Entrees, and $6 – $12 desserts. For additional information call 312-565-8257.
Swissotel Chicago is managed by Raffles International Limited, the hotel management subsidiary of Raffles Holdings Limited. Raffles Holdings Limited's portfolio comprises 38 hotels with 13,139 rooms in 33 destination cities across the six continents of Asia, Europe, North America, South America, South America, Australia and Africa. Raffles Holdings is a subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, which has an asset base of over $18 billion. Both companies are listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange.