Sunday Brunch: 10:00 Am – 3:00 Pm (Followed by Dinner).
In 1973, 26-year-old Chicago native Alex Dana purchased an existing luncheonette in Chicago's Loop. Although business at the "store" was good, Dana wasn't satisfied. Actually, Dana had a different vision for the location: a full service restaurant. A "joint" that operated from early morning until late at night, a place that offered great food and lots of it, excellent service from friendly people and warm hospitality beginning at the front door. Being raised in a family of restaurant owners it came as no surprise that a new Chicago legend was in the making.In 1975 two new opportunities knocked at Dana's door almost simultaneously. Buyers hungry for the success of his loop location made an offer "even he couldn't refuse," which corresponded with the opportunity for Alex to purchase the run-down Italian Men's Supper Club, in a what soon would become a prime location in Chicago's Little Italy and the The Rosebud was born! Originally called Bocciola della Rosa (bud of the rose), after Sicily's native flower, the name was translated into English after it was discovered that patrons had a difficult time pronouncing it. Signature dishes, such as Chicken Vesuvio and Pappardelle (square noodles) were introduced. Rosebud became a favorite of celebrities from Robert DeNiro and Tony Bennett to Frank Sinatra, not to mention Carol Burnett, Robert Redford and Jimmy Buffett. Naturally, a gallery of autographed photos was quickly created (and continues to grow) for all to see.In 1992 expansion was on Dana's mind. He took an aging (but beautiful) building located in the old Rush Street entertainment neighborhood, one block from the trendy Michigan Avenue shops and opened the Rosebud on Rush, which became an instant hit with Chicagoans and visiting celebrities alike.