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The Evening Star

By Kristie Ramirez

Photography by Billy Surface

03.19.18

Leave it to Brian Rutt to create another hot spot—this time, it gets personal.

For Brian Rutt, there’s nothing quite like the hospitality business. He’s the man behind wildly popular concepts such as The Standard Pour, DEC on Dragon, High Fives and Tiny Victories. But his latest spot, Alice, is his most personal expression yet. A throwback to intimate supper clubs of the past, Alice is the modernized version of a bygone notion. “I want people to come here and have a conversation—a thoughtful experience that doesn’t include looking at your phone and social media,” says the 36-year-old entrepreneur. A reflection of his frequent travels to Asia, the menu is filled with hits like brisket-filled steamed buns, shrimp fried rice with sausage and hamachi crudo for the guests lucky enough to snag one of just 55 seats. The interior, with its inky-green velvet banquettes, palm leaf-printed textured wallpaper and bar horizontally tufted in leather that gradates in shades of pink, is a chic revival of classic 1980s design. The bathrooms gleam with black toilets and tile, and the sinks sprout gold swan faucets with wing knob handles. “The bathrooms pay homage to everyone’s mother who had a really nice powder room you weren’t allowed to touch,” says Rutt. With Spandau Ballet, New Order and David Bowie on constant rotation, a demographic of a certain era is gonna feel right at home. 1623 N. Hall St., 469.872.0001