| Aug 17, 2012
UPDATE: An eviction notice was spotted on Alain's door the week of Sept. 24 and calls to the restaurant have not been answered.
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| Jun 6, 2013
Michael Rotondo spent eight years at Charlie Trotter's, three of them as chef de cuisine, and was executive chef during the restaurant's final year, making him a pivotal figure during the eight-month victory lap between Trotter's announced closing and the...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
For anyone still holding out hope that Charlie Trotter might eventually reopen his namesake restaurant in its original space, think again.
The connected town houses at 814 and 816 W. Armitage Ave. — which were home to Trotter’s restaurant in...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 11:58 AM
Charlie Trotter’s auction is being rebooted online.
In December the legendary chef cut short the live auction of his shuttered self-named Lincoln Park restaurant’s contents after only about a third of the 1,500-plus lots had gone up for bid....
| Oct 11, 2012
OK, Bill Kim, owner (with his wife, Yvonne Cadiz Kim) of Urban Belly, Belly Shack and now your latest, 6-week-old BellyQ: What's with all the bellies?
"Life starts from the belly, from the mother's womb," says Kim. "Everything starts from there, so it's...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 10:05 PM
At last, after great deliberation and much wringing of hands, David Manilow made a decision.
White smoke rose from a pipe outside the window of his Lincoln Park office. He adjusted the zipper on his navy blue garment, splayed his hands on a conference...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 8:38 AM
Lunch is serious business for Cater2.me, a corporate catering startup that has joined the fray of companies jostling to feed Chicago's office workers.
The company, founded by two friends who met at the University of Pennsylvania, already operates in...
| Nov 8, 2012
Time once again for my annual exercise in humiliation, as I try to predict the star recipients in the 2013 Michelin Chicago Guide, which hits bookstores Wednesday.
This is the third year that Michelin has published a Chicago guide, and if there's one...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 12:25 PM
It was a strange feeling, emerging from a car at 816 W. Armitage Ave., knowing I would never do so again.
Charlie Trotter will serve his last meal Friday, the end of an illustrious 25-year run that has seen the chef and restaurant earn virtually every...
| Aug 29, 2012
Even on a typical night in Charlie Trotter’s dining room, if a single detail was off, there were consequences. To hear it from some of the cooks and wait staff who worked in his venerable Lincoln Park restaurant, any such misstep could set off...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 2:38 PM
Chef Curtis Duffy will cook his final service at Avenues Saturday, and after that, the two-Michelin star flagship restaurant of The Peninsula Hotel will close indefinitely.
Avenues will be searching for a new chef de cuisine in the interim. According...
| Apr 7, 2011
Taste, as a jazz musician once noted, is manifested in the notes one declines to play. In that regard, Danny Grant is a taste master.
The original chef de cuisine and now executive chef at Ria, the magnificent dining room within the Elysian hotel and...