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Curtis Duffy Announces His Next Move: Grace

December 12 2011 - 11:37 AM

Curtis Duffy GraceSince he departed now-shuttered Avenues in September with two Michelin stars to his name, Curtis Duffy has kept the dining world eagerly anticipating any word about his forthcoming project. Now, he's broken his silence about the new restaurant, but he's not giving away many details. Here's what little we know, plus when to expect more updates.

The Tribune reported today that the new restaurant will be called "Grace," a name that Duffy says embodies his pursuit of elegance and simplicity. The 75-seat bi-level space will be located somewhere in the so-hot-it's-scorching Randolph Street/West Loop neighborhood, which will also see the arrival of Stephanie Izard's Little Goat "diner" and Jared van Camp's Nellcote next year. As for an opening date, Duffy has only said "summer," which is probably a smart move given the ever-changing nature of projected opening timelines.

As for the cuisine, Duffy tells Time Out that the menu will be "micro-seasonal" and "thoughtfully progressive." What this really means is anyone's guess, but given the reputation Duffy built working at Trotter's, Alinea, and Avenues, expect thoughtfully composed dishes showcasing his modern technique. Unlike Avenues, Grace will not serve dishes a la carte, instead focusing on a multi-course tasting menu.

That's all the information Duffy is releasing for now, but Grace's website indicates that he will make more announcements on January 9, February 6, and March 5. If you need even more info, sign up for updates via the restaurant's website.