Hand-drawn two-dimensional monochrome images cover a new Lakeview restaurant, which is making its mark on social media.
The 2d restaurant, located at 3155 N. Halsted St., gave a soft opening Thursday, whipping up Pon de ring donuts, fried chicken and coffee for Chicagoans.
Hundreds of thousands of people watched videos of the Parisian-inspired restaurant on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, with many noting it was like stepping into a drawing.
“I just watched ‘Emily in Paris,'” cafe designer Vanessa Thanh Vu said. “It was the show that inspired this first theme.”
She designed every piece of architecture inside the restaurant, including a bathtub that customers can step into to take pictures and play with plastic balls meant to mimic bubbles.
2d restaurant co-owner Kevin Yu said each cup of coffee was “hand brewed, made to order.” Its signature donuts, also called mochi donuts in some parts of the world, are lighter and fluffier than the typical treat.
“Our donut box, which is mimicked to look like a cartoon, was designed by my lovely wife Vanessa,” Yu said. “We are so grateful to be in the city of Chicago in the Lakeview neighborhood and we can’t wait to share the joy of 2d restaurant with the city of Chicago.”
The new spot is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for walk-ins only at this time. Click here for more information.