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  • Post #61 - June 6th, 2017, 7:06 am
    Post #61 - June 6th, 2017, 7:06 am Post #61 - June 6th, 2017, 7:06 am
    This is admittedly pure speculation but I posted this on Phil Vettel's Facebook post re the restaurant:

    They don't offer much hope of reopening. And if you believe finances had nothing to do with it, i have a big bridge to sell you in New York. Even let's say they were splitting up, if they were making enormous amounts of money, they would find a way to remain business partners.

    Someone replied that my assertion isn't true, and I have no knowledge, and am just flat out wrong. May be but I commented in reply that when people are making money hand over fist they find a way to work it out. They may not have gone broke (as in bankrupt) but I doubt they were doing very well. Its very hard to make money in a gastronomic restaurant with high food costs and few covers. Just the reality. That, plus from what I read here, they weren't very adaptable to people's requests.
  • Post #62 - June 6th, 2017, 7:31 am
    Post #62 - June 6th, 2017, 7:31 am Post #62 - June 6th, 2017, 7:31 am
    But there are many steps between not closing for financial reasons and making money hand-over-fist. I think 42 Grams likely had among the best profit margin for fine dining on a per-person basis; neighborhood where the rent is low, minimal staff, non-refundable tickets, very high prices etc. However serving only 32 people/per week means even if they were doing fine financially, they certainly were not making such vast amounts of money that it would seem like a good idea to stay open if, hypothetically, they were splitting up. However if not for splitting up, the financial health was plenty good they would not be thinking about closing.
    Twitter: @Goof_2
  • Post #63 - June 6th, 2017, 11:05 am
    Post #63 - June 6th, 2017, 11:05 am Post #63 - June 6th, 2017, 11:05 am
    For those of you unfamiliar with Uptown, that stretch of Broadway is in the midst of a complete rejuvenation. Practically every building between Wilson and Leland is being renovated or replaced with new development, in anticipation of the Wilson CTA stop replacement being completed. This is purely speculation, but it might be a situation where either the landlord desired a rent increase which exceeded their ability to raise prices without sacrificing quality or the landlord wishes to cash out on their investment and there was a reasonable doubt about 42 grams being able to continue in their current location on an ongoing basis.

    I'm disappointed that I didn't prioritize going to the closest fine dining restaurant to my residence, but I wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
  • Post #64 - June 6th, 2017, 12:12 pm
    Post #64 - June 6th, 2017, 12:12 pm Post #64 - June 6th, 2017, 12:12 pm
    If that were the case I doubt the closing would have been so abrupt and the explanation of the closing so cryptic.
    Twitter: @Goof_2
  • Post #65 - June 6th, 2017, 1:28 pm
    Post #65 - June 6th, 2017, 1:28 pm Post #65 - June 6th, 2017, 1:28 pm
    From Uptown Update
    (http://www.uptownupdate.com/2017/06/42- ... ently.html)

    And from Jake Bickelhaupt in an email:
    "Dear gastronomes,

    I am sad to say that my journey with 42 grams has ended abruptly. Over the last 5 years, I have had such a wonderful experience with my underground “guestaurant” Sous Rising that organically led to my dream restaurant, 42 grams. It was my pleasure to cook for so many amazing people from around the world and of course from Chicago. And, I’ll forever cherish all the connections and friends that I have made along the way.

    I promise that I gave my whole heart and soul to satisfy my guests every night. I gave everything I had to give. So with that in mind, I know I did the best I could. 42 grams was only intended for one purpose: to inspire! I was inspired and I hope you were inspired as well. I will take a short break to gather my thoughts. But, I will come back again and cook. After all, cooking is what makes me happy.

    Until then, cheers!"
  • Post #66 - September 8th, 2017, 8:25 am
    Post #66 - September 8th, 2017, 8:25 am Post #66 - September 8th, 2017, 8:25 am
    Former 42 Grams Chef Launches ‘Wandering Supper Club’ Pop-Up

    https://chicago.eater.com/2017/9/7/1627 ... rant-konro
    "Sandwiches are wonderful. You don't need a spoon or a plate!"
    Paul Lynde

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