A Hubbard Street celebrity hangout for music and dancing that closed in February 2019 is reborn with a new name and pizza from a popular North Side eatery. Last year, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises announced that dance studio Flight. 1 would replace the much-missed Studio Paris at 59 W. Hubbard Street. Chicago’s largest catering company announced that the newly named nightclub will officially open Saturday with live music, “surprise entertainment” and bottle service.
Studio Paris has attracted celebrities like Chance The Rapper and big name DJs to River North. The new Dance Studio is a partnership between Lettuce and LA promoters Fred and Brian Grimmel. Fred Grimmel is known as DJ Fred Matters and performed at the former Studio Paris. The new space includes a large dance floor in the center and the walls are decorated with signs to recognize the best dancers of the night.
Lettuce partners with Happy Camper, the mini pizza chain with locations in Old Town and Wrigleyville, whose ownership also operates Homeslice in Lincoln Park and Paradise Park in Wicker Park. The Happy Camper pizza will be available at Dance Studio by the slice or in whole pies. The brand is popular with millennials, and the spaces are Instagram-friendly and transform from sports to DJs at night.
Iachelli said he has known the Melmans, the family that owns Lettuce Entertain You, for years. He admired Lettuce and is delighted to work with them. Dance Studio will feature a reduced food menu, late night hours and a new pizza window inside the club.
There is an extended pop-up feel to the Lettuce Entertain You ad. Dance Studio Vol. 1 will close in January 2022 and will be replaced by Dance Studio Vol. 2, according to a press release. There is no further information on this mysterious news. Iachelli has no more information about Volume 2 and Happy Camper’s role going forward.
“Hopefully we’ll be part of it,” Iachelli said with a laugh. “But we’ll have to see how many slices come out there.”
This is Lettuce’s first major announcement under the division of the company formerly overseen by chef/partner Doug Psaltis. He left Lettuce Entertain You in November under unclear circumstances. Later this month, the company plans to open RPM Seafood along the Chicago River. This is another of Psaltis’ old projects.
But along Hubbard Street, where the bars buzz late into the weekend, Lettuce Entertain You hopes to attract private and corporate events, as well as bachelorette parties. And if that doesn’t work, Dance Studio Vol. 2 will try something new next year.
Dance Studio Vol.1, 58 W. Kinzie Street, open 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; The property will soon announce the programming of the other evenings.