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Introducing Chicago Rare: A Culinary Journey to the Prohibition Era Where Timeless Flavours Meet Historical Charm

Set to open on April 19 2024, this authentic steakhouse and bar pays tribute to Chicago’s speakeasies during the Prohibition era, offering a blend of old school charm and exceptional cuisine.


The restaurant will be celebrating their launch with exclusive performances from the renowned French band Ô de mon Chéri on 19th and 20th April

Nestled within the glamorous Four Seasons Resort and Residences at The Pearl-Qatar, Chicago Rare is a culinary destination steeped in the rich history of Chicago's Prohibition era. Set to launch on April 19, this vintage steakhouse exudes an authentic ambience reminiscent of the city’s historic speakeasies. Through its stunning interiors featuring subtle Art Deco undertones and artwork, Prohibition-inspired sips, and globally sourced meats, Chicago Rare promises to transport guests to the  vibrant social life during the 1920s.

The gastronomic experience at Chicago Rare celebrates timeless cuisines and culinary craftsmanship. The menu showcases USDA Prime beef brought from renowned farms across the USA, freshly sourced or aged to perfection for unparalleled tenderness. Accompanying the succulent steaks is signature sauces, mouthwatering side dishes, and a selection of artisanal bread, creating a dining experience that is both nostalgic and indulgent. The venue’s live grill boasts a meticulously crafted Josper Oven and grill, showcasing the excitement of cooking over live fire providing a great connection between the guests and the chefs.

Spearheading the opening of Chicago Rare is Rodney Belanger, a veteran with over two decades of experience in the realm of hospitality. Rodney leverages his extensive knowledge in the F&B sector to ensure that every aspect of the dining experience is meticulously curated and exceeds expectations. Leading the kitchen of this steakhouse is Executive Chef Christian Gosselin, who has over two decades of experience working across various renowned restaurants in Chicago Canada, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

“We are pleased to introduce Chicago Rare, a vintage steakhouse that offers a new take on authentic dining in Doha, adding to the allure of our property,” Mehdi Zaanoun, General Manager Four Seasons Resort and Residences at The Pearl-Qatar. “Chicago Rare is more than just a dining haven; it's a journey through the vibrant era of Prohibition in the USA, where creativity, courage, delectable cuisine, and music come together to create unforgettable experiences for all guests.”

Chicago Rare’s beverage offerings are a fusion of classic beverages and modern mixology, featuring handcrafted drinks that pay homage to the Prohibition-era. With authentic mixes that draw inspiration from Chicago, New York,  Kentucky, and more, guests can explore the flavours of the past while enjoying innovative twists on traditional recipes.

In addition to its impeccable cuisine, Chicago Rare offers captivating entertainment experiences, with live jazz performances, swing bands, and curated playlists that transport guests to a world of lively rhythms and nostalgic songs. Jazz bands will be performing every Thursday and Friday from April 21st onwards. On April 19 and 20, Chicago Rare is bringing renowned French band Ô de mon Chéri, who are set to elevate the atmosphere with their enchanting tunes and powerful vocals, creating an unforgettable experience for diners. Ô de mon Chéri is a trio of musicians who reveal an intoxicating and sparkling vintage of retro Jazz.

Chicago Rare's concept is a loving tribute to the daring individuals who defied Prohibition regulations, crafting an underground culture of revelry and creativity. The venue celebrates the remarkable transformation of Chicago’s social scene during the ‘20s, where secret speakeasies became the vibrant hubs of social interaction and artistic expression. It was a time of hidden allure, where jazz music filled the air, and clandestine gatherings fostered a sense of camaraderie among those who embraced the rebellious spirit of the times.

The restaurant’s design has been thoughtfully crafted to incorporate elements of a traditional speakeasy, such as dim lighting, reimagining the essence of the Prohibition era in a modern setting. Luxurious leather seating, rich wood tones, and brass accents add to the elegance and historical appeal, making every visit a journey to the past.

The designer of this quaint locale is AvroKO, an award-winning firm known for its expertise in creating unique spaces around the world. After thorough planning, the final result is a modern yet nostalgic setting where traditional high stools, artworks, and armchairs create a grand indoor setting. The steakhouse also has an outdoor terrace, Breeze Bay Terrace, featuring a bar and low tables surrounded by greenery to further enhance the experience.

Chicago Rare’s grand opening on April 19 promises an evening of gastronomic brilliance and historical immersion. As the launch date is nearly upon us, the restaurant warmly invites everyone to embark on a culinary and cultural voyage, where each dish tells a story of passion, tradition, and the timeless allure of the Prohibition era.


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