Brunch Finds a Home in Fine Dining

February 28, 2016

The breakfast-lunch rush can be a boon for fine-dining restaurants ready to turn Sundays into another popular dining-out day.

It’s just a tick after noon on a December Sunday, and La Stanza Ristorante, a classy, one-year-old restaurant amid Chicago’s high-end Magnificent Mile strip, is a flurry of smiles and activity.

There are live jazz music and patrons sipping Prosecco, servers crafting tableside mimosas, and diners munching on delights from a do-it-yourself doughnut bar.

While many of Chicago’s fine-dining spots remain dark, La Stanza’s festive brunch is capturing diners and revenue, turning one of the 110-seat restaurant’s most challenging days into…