• That kind of place

It’s “the kind of place my wife and I want to go to ourselves,” Keene Addington III, former CEO of Flat Top Grill (and great-grandson of former Sears chairman and CEO General Robert E. Wood), told Loop North News last November. That kind of place turns out to be a retro spot along the lines of the old Pump Room, which was the source for the mahogany trappings used to transform the former Crunch Fitness Club in the Marina City complex. The resulting Tortoise Club, which opened Monday, offers classic cocktails served by girls in pearls and a menu featuring Dover sole, lobster Thermidor, pheasant pie, and cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese.

Also new in River North: John Barleycorn’s downtown location, where bottle service runs $100-$250 and up; and, in the train of Waffleizer, Bel 50, a quick-service spot purveying all kinds of waffle sandwiches.