Kathryn Sullivan Alverà

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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.”