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Old Posted Jan 3, 2012, 5:56 PM
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Cool CHICAGO: Cultural News

It was announced today that Charlie Trotter's, an institution in the Chicago restaurant scene, will close this August, and I couldn't think of an appropriate thread for (discussion about) the news. I'm hoping this one will serve that purpose. Feel free to post anything related to cultural developments (restaurants, music, theater, exhibitions, etc.).
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Charlie Trotter's restaurant to close in August

...Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates its 25th anniversary, Charlie Trotter's will close...

"He talked about wanting to go back to school and pursuing philosophy," Negovan said. "As much as we think of him as an incredible chef, he's first and foremost a brilliant mind and academic."

His restaurant has been the standard-bearer for fine dining, and perhaps more important, for fine-dining service, for at least 23 of its 25 years. Trotter and his every-day-a-new-menu kitchen have led and inspired a generation of chefs and have developed and cemented Chicago's reputation as a magnet for top culinary talent...

...Trotter says he's not closing the Lincoln Park restaurant for financial reasons, and that once he completes his master's degree he will open another restaurant...

Charlie Trotter's has long been considered one of the finest restaurants in the United States, with Trotter having won numerous awards from the prestigious James Beard Foundation over the years. Charlie Trotter's also has been a training ground for some of the city's top chefs, including Grant Achatz, Homaro Cantu, Curtis Duffy, Graham Elliot, Matthias Merges, Mindy Segal, Michael Taus and Giuseppe Tentori.
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