Call this a shocker of the day: legendary Highland Park restaurant Carlos' has announced it will close after service on New Year's Eve, according to Grub Street.
The 30-year-old contemporary French restaurant has been hailed for decades under the helm of chef/owner Carlos Nieto and his wife, Debbie, including being named No. 1 in the Chicago Zagat guide numerous times. But when one door closes, another opens because the couple isn't getting out of the game entirely. When they close Carlos' on Jan. 1 they will begin working toward opening a new concept called Nieto's.
In the meantime, make your reservations now for one of the many special events coming up in the next two months, including special tasting menus Nov. 1 to 30 highlighting favorites from throughout the 30 years; the Nov. 11 11-course meal for $111.11; special wine dinners and guest chef dinners with the likes of Didier Durand (Cyrano's Bistro) and Gabriel Viti (Gabriel's); and, of course, the multi-course dinner on New Year's Eve (multiple seatings ranging from $120 to $140 per person).
If you miss your chance at getting into Carlos, check out the Nieto's other restaurant in Highland Park, the French bistro Cafe Central
· North Shore's Legendary Carlos to Close on New Year's [~EChi~]
· Carlos [website]