GOLD COAST — Mert Hurmeydan has a packed schedule Friday, when he'll graduate from college and open a nightclub, too.
Hurmeydan, 26, is partnering with his older brother, Baris, on Room Seven, which is taking over the former Leg Room bar at 7 W. Division St. The club, which will play eclectic pop and house music and offer bottle service, is opening Friday night after the brothers spent more than a year and $1.5 million renovating the space top-to-bottom.
Room Seven will also open just a few hours after the younger Hurmeydan, a native of Turkey and West Rogers Park resident, graduates from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a civil engineering degree.
"Civil engineering is straightforward," Hurmeydan said. "You deal with math, deal with design, but dealing with people is more important."
The "Gold Room" VIP Lounge at Room Seven [DNAinfo/David Matthews]
Hurmeydan hopes Room Seven will join the likes of Hopsmith and the forthcoming Maple & Ash as new venues transforming the nightlife near Rush and Division streets, where the same wood-paneled hangouts have ruled for decades. The club won't have a kitchen, but will serve copious $7 cocktails, a nod to Room Seven's name and address.
Signature $12 cocktails including the "Signature 7" (Don Julio tequila, jalapeño/sage shrub, lime juice) and "Division Street Spice" (Ketel One vodka, ginger/watermelon shrub, lime juice).
Room Seven is the first club for the Hurmeydan brothers, who hope to open more here soon. The club will be open from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturdays.
"I'm very excited being this close to the Gold Coast," Hurmeydan said. "You can see this is not a club owned father-to-son. Hopefully we'll be new blood."
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