Glenn Keefer will close his River North namesake restaurant at the end of May, according to Crain's. The lease on Keefer's, in business for almost thirteen years, will be taken over by David Flom and Matthew Moore, the owners of Chicago Cut Steakhouse and The Local Chicago.
Flom says that they'll open a seafood restaurant, the idea buoyed by the increase in the amount of seafood purchased at Chicago Cut, and that it will be "focused on the trends that we see developing." He states that Keefer's location was "the ideal spot" for the concept.
The new owners will transform the space into a "contemporary" spot that will incorporate a sushi/oyster bar and open up the kitchen to include a fish bar that will allow guests to discuss fish with the chef. "We will then filet the fish upon selection of the guest and cook them on a hardwood grill," Flom says.
Keefer retains ownership of the restaurant's name and is undecided on what he will do next.
· Keefer's to close; Chicago Cut taking over lease [Crain's]
· All Chicago Cut Coverage [-ECHI-]
· Keefer's [Official Site]