Kathryn Sullivan Alverà
BIOGRAPHY OF KATHRYN SULLIVAN ALVERA
Former Managing Partner/Interior Designer
Kathryn Sullivan Alverà has spent the last 30 years in a variety of management and ownership positions at several of Chicago’s top-‐‑grossing restaurants and nightclubs. She began this journey as a teenager at Rush Street’s legendary FACES, owned by members of her family, rubbing shoulders with a Who’s Who of national and international celebrities.
Following in the impressive footsteps made by her maternal aunt, Gloria Shlaes and uncle, George Shlaes, who co-‐‑owned over 15 restaurants around the United States, Alvera spent time at the original Ditka’s and Citylights, focusing on catering to stars from the world of the NBA, NFL and local and national media. At 59 West, a River North hotspot, she focused on developing a chic clientele for her next endeavor, Narcisse.
In 1997, Alvera co-‐‑developed and designed Narcisse Champagne Salon & Caviar Bar, creating a glamorous nightspot where she could enjoy her favorite meal. Hailed by numerous national and international publications, Narcisse quickly became home to visiting both celebrities from the worlds of music and film, including Sting, Jimmy Page, Prince, and Jude Law, and from a sitting European monarch, King Carl Gustav of Sweden.
After selling Narcisse, she co-‐‑created and designed DOMAINE, a 7,000 square foot restaurant/nightclub on Chicago’s famed Rush Street. DOMAINE, designed to pay homage to the grand manor of homes of Europe, offered Guests a full service dining room in addition to four bars and dance floors on two lavish levels.
The constant thread in Ms. Alverà’s career has been her passion for creating sophisticated nightspots that provide superior customer service to all Guests. For the PROSECCO project, Alvera collaborated with long time business partner Jason Clark to bring their combined love of Venice to life. Borrowing from memories of trips made to “La Serenissima,” as well as historical narratives and paintings, they re-‐‑designed the former Centro space in 3 months to resemble the faded, gilded beauty of one of the world’s most beloved cities.
In the spring of 2010, Alvera and Mr. Clark opened ATELIER, at 714 N. Wells. ATELIER was lauded for its well-‐‑edited collection of modern and vintage fashion and art. The inventory of fabulous clothing from Italy along with vintage couture and pristine designer resale from the best houses in Europe was comingled with antiques, bibelots, tribal artifacts, photographs and oil paintings. “ATELIER represented a dream come true. I had my favorite things, food and wine and fashion and art, right next doorto each other!” enthused Alvera as she jogged between both venues. “Opening a beautiful shop like ATELIER crossed a “bucket list item” off of my to do list.”