Graham Elliot on Closing His Eponymous Eatery

By Kelly Dobkin  |  November 8, 2013

MasterChef star Graham Elliot announced today that he will be closing his eponymous Chicago eatery on New Year's Eve of this year. After five years in the location, he'll be relocating to a new space with a new concept. Obviously, this is major news for Chicagoans as well as the restaurant world on a national level. Check out this statement from Graham on the closing:

"The concept of evolution is something that’s incredibly important to me in all aspects of my life. For example, since opening my namesake restaurant in Chicago in 2008, the vision has continuously evolved," Elliot said. "And now we’re evolving yet again. Chicago will have a new Graham Elliot dining experience come spring, where we build on what we’ve achieved over the last five years here in the Windy City. In preparation for the new concept, we’ll have our final service at 217 West Huron on December 31, 2013, a New Year’s 'Evolution' of sorts. Our final menu at West Huron will not only feature our greatest hits from the past, but will also offer your first glimpse into what you’ll find at our new venture in 2014.  We’ve saved the best for last so join us as the evolution begins. Exciting times call for exciting measures."

It was also announced recently that Elliot has plans to open a new eatery in Greenwich, CT. We recently profiled the star chef in our guide to tracking the careers of Charlie Trotter alums, which you can read here.