Café Crème, which took over the space vacated by Grass Fed Café back in June, has shuttered according to its former chef Matt DuBois and staffers at other LM restaurants. Cafe Creme's phone line leads to a voicemail that states it's still Grass Fed. Neither ownership nor representatives have responded to inquiries.
DuBois, who earlier today was announced as the chef de cuisine at Inovasi in Lake Bluff, didn't pull punches about his experience there. He called the café's owners, LM Restaurant Group, a "disaster" in an e-mail correspondence.
DuBois continued, writing that his position was "supposed to be short term" because he and LM were planning "a small tasting menu spot" once Cafe Creme was up and running. He stated that constant changes by the group on what the café should be eventually wore him down and he resigned.
This marks the fourth shutter or reconcept for LM Restaurant Group since July 2012. Ownership closed Lincoln Square's LM Bistro in 2012, closed Brasserie 54 in July 2013 and reconcepted it into The Brixton, and shuttered Troquet on Montrose Avenue (which is now Mangal) in May of this year.
Their River North property Troquet, Brasserie by LM in the South Loop, and Bistronomic in the Gold Coast remain open. There's no word yet what will come to the space or whether they will reconcept it again.