The Lunatic, The Lover & The Poet (“The Lunatic”), a bar and bistro that celebrates life with wine, spirits, and culinary delights, brings a unique blend of whimsy and wisdom to Randolph Street.
The three-level, 7,000-square-foot establishment located at 736 W. Randolph Street serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and features a late night happy hour. The concept, inspired by Shakespeare’s iconic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is the brainchild of Managing Partner and Sommelier Tom Powers, who was behind some of the district’s pioneering restaurants (Vivo, Marche, Red Light). The Lunatic is a neighborhood oasis in the trendy area, serving elegantly balanced wines, thoughtful craft cocktails, and highly inventive shareable plates at reasonable prices.
Powers began his restaurant career at Marche in Chicago in 1993. The restaurant proved to be a smashing success. He then owned Harvest on Huron which earned Best New Restaurant of the Year from The Chicago Tribune. Over the years he has served as a consultant, a Champagne Ambassador for Veuve Clicquot and National Sales Director for the Italian Wine Merchants. His career then expanded into television as a host for a Discovery Channel production. However, he always knew he would return to the restaurant world. The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet is this project. He describes the project very simply,” It is for the Love.” The 3 level space is a celebration of his love for the business, the product, the guests, the design, the teambuilding and the service. Powers is married to the lovely Kara, father to Michael. He enjoys scuba diving, skiing, cycling, and late night shenanigans.