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Restaurant sates late-night appetites

Ask someone at Bill's Sundowner what time the place closes, and you're liable to get a lot of blank stares. The recently opened restaurant doesn't have a set closing time, which should appeal to late-night eaters who can't get a decent bite to eat after midnight.

"If someone comes in and wants to eat at 1 a.m., we're not going to say no," said manager Beth Menes.

The flexible closing time is just one quirk of this new restaurant, which has taken over the space once occupied by the jazz club Brothers. The place has an unusual mix of elegance and athleticism. It's a cross between Mise en Place and Champions sports bar.

Sophistication and sports are two loves of owner Bill Holt. The place has walls of purple velvet and wood, bread served in silver canisters, satellite TVs usually tuned to sports, and sports memorabilia hanging from some walls.

There's also a cigar lounge, the Armadillo Room, filled with sports memorabilia and wooden lockers that you can rent yearly to store your stogies. And there's usually live music, but no cover charge, on Friday and Saturday nights.

Another feature soon to be added: Parties of six or more can request complimentary limos to whisk them to and from the restaurant (Holt owns a limo service in addition to the restaurant).



5401 W Kennedy Blvd.; 636-8686

HOURS: Lunch, Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-about midnight.

ATMOSPHERE: dressy-casual.