Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 1976 · 35
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Chicago Tribune, Friday, July 23, 1976 Section 3 Sweetwater: 'A restaurant for everyone' Continued from 1st Weekend page and crepes, all served with unusual complements on a table set with fresh flowers. Hippodrome owners are convinced of the longevity for Sweetwater, which is divided nearly in half between the dining areas, which an seat 150 people, and space for the 35-stool bar and adjacent seating. It is under a 20-year lease and was created at a cost of about $1 million. THE DECOR IS timeless and as soft and flowing as the establishment's name. While it does not reek of Art Deco, art nouveau, contemporary, or period fmniture, it has le-ments of each and more, an eclectic blend that shouldn't be "out" in a few years because it isn't particularly "in" now. Mirrors are everywhere, some vith animals and other soft forms sandblasted in, others left to sparkle bare. The ceiling and crown molding are gleaming, intricately decorated tin. The floor is terra cotta tile, the bar black walnut. Batik upholstery covers curved banquettes as well as Italian, rattan chairs in one area. Water flows inside Lucite fountains. Plants flourish on train baggage racks. If there is a sin;,' ma;or direction or influence on Sweetwater's decor, it is ecological. The colors are those of the morning or evening skies, water, sand, and nature's) greenery, and the logo shows a horned animal amid grasses. TAKING HIS CUE from the name Buffone "just dreamed up," Sweetwater's designer James Miller sidestepped the purely Art Deco-nouveau style decor so successful at Arnie's, another restaurant he desigred, in nearby Newberry Plaza. Miller "tested" the skills o' tradesmen in several areas in Sweetwater. Two of the four Mister Kelly's portholes are filled in, and the entrance was changed from the corner to the Rush Street side. Terraces for various dining and drinking areas were built around the 9 by 23-foot elliptical bar, over which a giant skylight was installed. And a 60-seat, greenhouse-style cafe was constructed on a 10-foot-wide strip of former city sidewalk. The designer also provided a showcase for the work of Chicago artists, including James Hribar, who painted across an entire wall a striated mural designed by Michael Grabish. Grabish also created the logo. SWEETWATER 1028 N. Rush St., open now from 4:30'p. in. until 2 a. m. for cocktails and complimentary hors a" oeuvres. In mid-August, jrom 11 a. m. for lunch, 4:30 p. m. Jor dinner, until 2 a. m. daily. Sunday brunch 10 a. in. to 3 p. m. Last dinner seating at midnight. Telephon: 787-4081. si Tribune Photo bv John Barney Sweetwater's decor is an eclectic experience. Over its 35-stool elliptical bar is a skylight with futuristic overtones and two elegant chandeliers. Zanadu: 'Like a real pleasure palace' Continued from 1st Weekend page ern-style shirt. "Now I put one on only occasionally, and I think I'm typical." The menu, written by Markon, is up-to-date, too, and in keeping with his observation that people are "more into vegetables, health foods, and seafoods today. The Bar-ones are strict vegetarians and don't eat even cheese, fish, or eggs, and they say they can enjoy one-third of the menu." Appetizers include chopped liver, snails, mushroom caps, and ajvar, a spicy Serbian vegetable pate T$1.50 a la carte, included with dinners. Among soups are cold cucumber, French onion, and sweet and sour cabbage. There are Oriental vegetables and a sunshine sandwich, seafood jambalaya $4,951, brisket of beef $4,951, veal Oscar $6.95, and twin filets with bearnaise sauce $7.25. Banana French toast L$2.25 is on the menu, as is eggs ranchero, and desserts include a caramel and french fried ice cream $1.50, Zana banana $1.75 is, one of a series of house drinks, and Zanadu creamers drinks. $1.95 are special ice cream "I'VE TRIED TO price the menu and plan this place so people can have a nice evening out without needing to go anywhere else," Markon said. "They can dance for the price of a drink, then drink and eat and dance and drink again. And I think prices like these give people a chance to go out more than once a month." Markon knows all about trying to coax people to go out. His. family has been in the restaurant business since his late father, Raymond, had "the most famous delicatessen in the city," the Purity Deli at Kimball and Lawrence avenues. Later, Mel was the fountain boy at his father's Shore-land Deli and restaurant at 71st Street and Crandon Avenue, and when he got out of college he helped his dad with the Seaway on 87th Street. Shortly before the elder Markon died, they sold that to open Mar-kon's in 1966 at 91st Street and Jeffery Avenue, the last endeavor before Mel Mar- kon's on Lincoln Park West. The opening of Zanadu marks the first time Mel has had two places at once. A few weeks before Zanadu's opening, Markon had been promising "there's nothing like it in the city," and "it's the most adventurous sculptural space we've ever designed." THE REALITY of his "pleasure palace" undertaking, however, struck him one recent afternoon as he surveyed his new, 3,500-square-foot kitchen. "There are five walk-ins here," he said, spreading his arms to encompass the gleaming surroundings. "I've never had five walk-ins in my life." ZANADU, 6259 North Broadway, open for dinner 5 p. m. to 1:30 a. m., Saturday to 2:30 a. m., Sunday 4 p. m. to 1:30 a. m. Open for lunch in late summer. Telephone: ' 465-9244. Movies A confusing but beautiful visit to a strange THIS PICTURE may leave you punch drunk, knocked out by its visuals to the point of missing what a simple story it is. The film is Nicholas Roeg's science fiction drama, "The Man Who Fell to Earth." It's about a visitor from a foreign planet rock star David Bowie, complete with his orange hair and wan visage, who drops from a space ship into New Mexico carrying a mess of gold rings, which he converts to lots of cash, and the blueprints for nine technological developments, which he turns into fabulously successful products. But that's getting ahead of the basic story. "The Man Who Fell to Earth" is mostly about how we in the United States treat an alien. Needless to say, the CIA gets involved. I hate to lay out so much of the story, but you need something to hang onto when this film begins flying. Roeg has never been one to make things simple when he can make them more complex. Roeg is the director of "Performance," "Walkabout," and, most recently, the Donald Sutherland-Julie Christie thriller "Don't Look Now." A former cameraman, Roeg controls his films with more of an eye toward how they look than how they develop their narrative. WHICH IS A convoluted way of saying his pictures are beautiful but confusing and Roeg's confusion often masquerades for insight. In the film, Bowie takes his inventions to a patent lawyer bespectacled Buck Henry, who helps develop products that blitz giant corporations like Eastman Kodak and RCA. One invention is a camera that instantly develops its own color pictures in a continuous roll within the camera. All you have to do is just keep clicking. Most science fiction films make a big deal out of their gadgets. Not this one. Roeg almost throws them away. They're not really essential to the story. In fact, he spends only a moment on their use. This picture is after two things: a view of the contemporary United States Roeg is an Englishman and a postulate of what just might happen if an extraterrestrial foreigner were in our midst. THE AMERICAN material is the usual insulting stuff: skyscraper worship, love of leisure gadgets, TRIBUNE MINI-REVIEW Space oddity "THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH" Directed by Nicholas Roeg, screenplay by Paul Mayersberg based on the novel by Walter Tevis, music direcd by John Phillips, photographed by Anthony Richmond, edited by Graeme Clifford, produced by Michael Deeley and Barry Spittings, a Cinema 5 release at the Esquire Theater. Rated R. THE CAST Thomas Jerome Newton Darld Bowie Nathan Bryci Rip Torn Mary-Lou Candy Clark Oliver Farnsworth Buck Henry Peters Bernie Casey Professor Canutfl Jackson D. Kane Trevor Rick Riccardo Arthur Tony Mascia Elaine Linda Hutton Jill Hilary Holland planet 11 1 1 David Bowie: Cool and alien. and a need to destroy that which we can't understand. But the picture is even-handed enough to have Bowie admit, later on, "We'd probably do the same thing to someone who visited us." As for the foreigner in our midst, well, you can read that as allegorically as you want. Some critics have seen Bowie's character as Christ torn apart by nonbelievers. The only problem with that is, Jesus didn't go into competition with the moneychangers in the temple. When Bowie gets fresh with Eastman Kodak, they're out of business. Regardless, the picture is fun to look at though unnecessarily frustrating. Roeg uses all sorts of magic tricks solarizations, holography to spark a sense of wonder, to remove us from the usual sci-fi fare, the intellectual drivel of a "Logan's Run" for example. THE FILM features an electronic soundtrack, everything from Bing Crosby to Moog synthesizer. It is being presented in stereo at the Esquire Theater, but the stereo effects are more of an affectation than an achievement. Too often "The Man Who Fell to Earth" plays like one of those stupid stereo test records full of locomotives and ping-pong balls. As for the performances, I suspect the truest sentence that can be written about them is that they're exactly what Roeg wants them to be. He uses Bowie like he used another rock star, Mick Jagger, in "Performance." Roeg employs strange-looking people as visuals more than as repositories of emotions. Bowie looks cool and alien. One weakness of the story: I can't figure out Why no one asks him why he has orange hair. Gene Siskel -DINING OUT DINING OUT DINING OUT LINING OUT- We're a seafood . restaurant. And that's what makes our takeout menu so good. Just about anvthina on our menu can be enjoyed at home. And every hot seafood entree comes complete with hush puppies, cole slaw, and choice of potato. Plus take-out specialties like our Keg-O-Shrimp with thirty golden fried shrimp, Great seafood at very good prices. At your table or ours. 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