After just five months and a number of lackluster reviews, Laurent Tourondel's BLT American Brasserie is now officially closed. Eater received two separate tips this morning that the restaurant, which took over the massive Brasserie Ruhlmann space, served its last meal on Sunday, and Tourondel just confirmed the rumors. "We did close yesterday," Tourondel said. "We made the decision to close yesterday after brunch."
The restaurant seemed plagued from the start, despite having Tourondel's star power and talent. The restaurant's menu seemed to want to offer a little of something for everyone, having everything from pizza and sushi to steaks and veggie burgers. Ultimately, however, the closure came down to location. "It was really just the size and the location," he added. "There was no foot traffic." As for any future Chicago projects, Tourondel, isn't closing the door. "I was very happy being in Chicago."