Swells and their dames came out in force to celebrate the VIP opening of the north side’s new Harry & Izzy’s outpost (4050 E. 82nd St., 317-915-8045), the fourth offspring of St. Elmo (the first being the flagship H & I at Georgia and Illinois Streets; then the airport location; the 33 Lounge above the main flagship place; and now this stylish addition to the family), located near the new Nordstrom Rack. Rest assured that the shrimp cocktail, fiery as ever, can be successfully duplicated, along with the potent martinis. Former prosecutor Carl Brizzi was in attendance, as well as proud grandpapa Steve Huse, whose son, Craig, has overseen the company’s smart expansions, along with operations boss Chris Clifford.
A good time, to put it mildly, was had by all. Assistant general manager Bradley Phelps proudly showed off his large-format cult cabs, in the glassed-in cellar on the main floor, and did not seem bothered by the go-go dancers shaking their tassles in the wine storage area upstairs. And congenial new manager Alan Long, who has done stints in the previous two H & I’s, seemed eager to captain this latest endeavor from our local boys.