This American City Just Opened an Albert Einstein-Themed Restaurant

The Alberts culinary program is inspired by art and science
The Albert's culinary program is inspired by art and science | © Ranson Photo/Courtesy of the Albert

A brand new restaurant in downtown Chicago is exploring the relationship between food and science by celebrating the world’s favorite theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein.

You’ll find The Albert inside boutique Hotel EMC2, just off the Magnificent Mile, promising to “embody the spirit of the restlessly curious and unconventional.” Over 12,000 science books line the walls of the restaurant, alongside sketches, watercolors, and oil paintings. The room’s centerpiece is “the infusary,” a science-themed chandelier made up of large glass cylinders containing infused liquors, bitters, and spirits.

The kitchen at the Albert

Albert Einstein’s place in popular culture has transcended science since his death in 1955, and although he was a physicist, the chemistry of the contemporary food and cocktail menu reflects his imaginative and fun-loving nature.

Chef Brandon Brumback takes inspiration from art and science to craft engaging and stimulating cuisine. “The framework of our program at the Albert is inspired by the principles of art and science, and its influence is represented throughout—from the beautifully plated dishes to our experiential cocktail program to the awe-inspiring design elements,” says Rebecca Royster, Director of Food and Beverage.

Cocktails are a scientific business at the Albert

Hotel EMC2 and the Albert both opened in May. The Rockwell Group, famed for designing a number of high profile restaurants and hotels across North America and the rest of the world, including Virgin Hotels Chicago in the Loop, designed them both.

The hotel shares the restaurant’s philosophy of exploring the intersection between art and science, offering an experience to “activate the mind through modern, upscale amenities,” and a “restorative yet stimulating atmosphere.”

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