Details keep trickling out about the closing of Grace, one of Chicago’s two restaurants to have earned a three-star Michelin rating.
Grace, one of only 14 restaurants in the U.S. to have earned three stars from Michelin, abruptly closed in late December after chef Curtis Duffy and his partner Michael Muser quit, followed by a walkout of the rest of the staff. Duffy and Muser reportedly wanted to buy the business from majority owner Michael Olszewski, and couldn’t strike a deal.
The New York Times first reported the news. The Chicago Sun-Times later published parts of a message sent to them by Olszewski, who said that Muser was absent from the restaurant for long periods. It also reported that Duffy and Muser have non-competes that will keep them from opening another restaurant in the area.
Glazed and Infused, the gourmet doughnut shop, is closing all its locations, reports Eater Chicago. The chain’s locations in Lincoln Park, Fulton Market and the Loop have already closed; the River North shop will close on Dec. 31. Glazed is owned by the Francesca’s Restaurant Group, which includes Davanti Enoteca and Mia Francesca. The company, owned by chef Scott Harris, is also closing the Davanti Enoteca in River North.
Tony Priolo, chef and owner of Piccolo Sogno and Nonnina, has opened a small burger joint. Maillard Tavern, across the street from Piccolo Sogno at 494 N. Milwaukee Ave., seats 40 and serves 8-ounce burgers, duck-fat fries sandwiches and chili.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has opened Sushi-san in River North. It’s a sibling to the group’s Ramen-san, also in River North. Sushi-san offers omakase, customizable hand rolls that customers put together, and grilled meats including a Tokyo Char Dog.
Victory Meat & Seafood has opened in downtown Elmhurst. Co-owned and operated by chef and certified sommelier Joe Farina (Armand’s Pizzeria restaurants, Elmhurst’s Doc’s Victory Pub, HB Jones), the restaurant serves prime meats and seasonal fish and has an oyster bar and cocktail lounge. The restaurant seats 110 including the bar area; an al fresco area will open in summer. Fast-casual Mediterranean chain Roti will open a restaurant at 1012 W. Randolph St., according to real estate firm RKF. The restaurant will occupy 1,435 square feet on the ground floor and 1,400 on the lower level. It is slated to open in May.
Roka Akor, a Japanese sushi and steak restaurant chain with a downtown location, has opened in Oak Brook at Oakbrook Center. It will serve lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily.
Slyce Coal Fired Pizza has opened a second location in Highwood. The 200-seat restaurant has three coal-fire ovens that cook pizzas in less than four minutes. The first Slyce opened in Wauconda seven years ago.
A craft winery and tasting room, Meta Wine, is coming to the former theater space at the Main Street Metra station in Evanston, reports the Evanston Review. Walter Clements said he’s negotiating a lease at 600 Main Street with the owner Union Pacific railroad. Meta Wine is based on wine shops Clements visited in Venice, Italy, where his wife is from. Meta Wine staffers will create blends from bulk supplies of finished wine from around the world. They’ll be available by the glass in the tasting room or off-site in kegs or growlers. A tasting room will seat 40, with additional outdoor seating. He hopes to open in June.
WonFun Chinese restaurant and 2Fun cocktail bar in the West Loop closed late last month. Green Zebra, a pioneering contemporary vegetarian restaurant in West Town, also closed.