Deleece recently for a midweek dinner. While it is now located next to the Mercury Theatre in the Southport Corridor in Lakeview, this is a new location. It has a long history up the road just north of Irving Park Rd. With the new location, there is also a new chef and while they are still offering contemporary takes on American dishes, the only thing that is the same between the two restaurants is the ownership and because of that, the name. This is neither good nor bad, but simply an observation. As I mentioned, they are next to the Mercury Theatre. In fact, they are so close to the Mercury Theatre that they share an entrance and you have to walk by the ticket booth to enter the restaurant. Obviously they count on a lot of theatre traffic which is advantageous to both parties because many theatre goers enjoy dinner before the show. The dining room is open and seats about sixty. The bar is next to the entrance and the kitchen is carved out of the corner opposite the entrance. Seating is at a banquette on a wall opposite the entrance, four tops through the center and along the front window wall, and a communal table which seats about twelve beside the bar. The walls are antique brick and have several old theatre posters, except for the previously mentioned front window wall, the large mirror behind the bar, and the flat black wall dividing the kitchen from the rest of the room. The ceiling was tin painted white and the light was from the front window, track lighting, and a couple of chandeliers over the bar. There were tea lights at the tables as well but I really don't know if they really contributed that much light to the room. The room was pretty dim especially for those seated away from the window. I was seated at the banquette next to the window so I was probably in one of the brightest spots in the room. The cocktail list at Deleece plays on the fact that the restaurant is next to a theatre and many of the cocktails have names referring to the theatre. I had The Understudy which contained Absolut, St. Germain, Fresh Lime, and Cashew-Walnut Orgeat Syrup. It was a mild drink that had a nutty and slightly floral taste with a tart finish from the lime.
While everything here was not absolutely perfect, it was good. I liked the space and the food was good. It would be a good place to start an evening, whether the theater next door, the Music Box down the street, or another entertainment venue in the area.