Chef Curtis Duffy of Grace restaurant, the three star Michelin restaurant in Chicago that closed in December 2017, has announced that he will be opening a new dining spot in the spring of 2020.
His new restaurant Ever will be in Fulton Market, Chicago, and will be serving 12- and 15-course tasting menus which will cost diners between $300-500. The two tasting menus will focus on seafood and light proteins in one, and vegetables in the other.
With this price tag, it will surpass Grant Achatz’s Alinea, making it the most expensive restaurant in Chicago.
According to the New York Times, the dining room of Ever will have 75 seats, along with a private room for 12. The new restaurant will also feature a hallway serving as a waiting space for visitors, where they can grab snacks such as dried yuzu rind and cotton candy clouds that hang from the ceiling.
Duffy’s Grace opened in 2012, and quickly gained fame for its elegant and seasonal tasting menus: a vegetarian ‘flora’ menu and an omnivore ‘fauna’. It received two Michelin stars in the 2014 guide, then quickly gained three-star status the following year, becoming the only other three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago alongside Alinea.
Its time came to an abrupt end in December 2017, after a number of failed attempts by Duffy and Grace’s general manager Michel Muser to buy the restaurant from its majority stakeholder, a real estate agent named Michale Olszewsk.
Check out the dishes from the short-lived, highly acclaimed restaurant, Grace: