Elvis sightings are up in Chicago. Or at least they are on Sundays, when the Vinyl restaurant and nightclub has Breakfast With Elvis, a tonguein-cheek tribute to the music, movies and palate of the King.
Few customers take advantage of the offer of a free meal to anyone arriving in Elvis costume; most prefer simply to soak up the atmosphere.
The fun begins at the door, where guests are greeted by the King himself, or at least a cardboard facsimile. On hand to mingle with the diners are two suitably coiffed Elvis impersonators, one in a bejeweled polyester jumpsuit unbuttoned down to the waist, the other in skin-tight black leather pants.
Elvis movies run continuously on a big screen in the center of the dining room, their sound tracks muted as Elvis tunes are piped over the speakers. Occasionally, an impersonator will drop in for a live performance.
The menu includes a few Elvis-inspired dishes, such as french toast stuffed with peanut butter and jelly and a fried bologna sandwich. Most customers opt for less thematic fare, like eggs Benedict with spinach and goat cheese, and cornmeal pancakes with blueberries.