Valentine's Day proved bittersweet this year, as Moto Restaurant concluded its 12-year run on Fulton Market. Over that time, founder and chef Homaro Cantu and his crew crafted playful menus and gave many Chicago fine diners their first tastes of molecular gastronomy. Cantu died last year.
Guests visited the pioneering restaurant one last time on Sunday, many of them faithful regulars who enjoyed a 17-course tasting menu featuring some of the Michelin-starred restaurant's greatest hits. Cantu's widow, Katie McGowan, and the rest of Moto's staff kept the restaurant going over the last 10 months. They saw their work rewarded when Moto retained that Michelin star.
The future of the space is unknown, as the Alinea Group announced last month they had purchased the restaurant but haven't unveiled specific plans. Check out the photos above while pondering Moto and Cantu's legacy on Chicago's dining scene.