New Year’s Eve is a time for drama, but chef Charlie Trotter outdid himself Sunday.
Shortly after midnight, in front of some 100 guests in his eponymous restaurant, Trotter dropped a bomb: At the end of August, after the acclaimed restaurant celebrates its 25th anniversary, Charlie Trotter’s will close.
“Right after we rang in the New Year,” said WGN news anchor Tom Negovan, who was in attendance, “he and his wife, Rochelle, climbed up on the countertop near the wine cellar. He said it’s been a wonderful 25 years at the restaurant, and hoped the next eight months would be even more incredible. He said the restaurant’s going to close and he’ll move on to other things.