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Moto's Last Night: Remembering Chicago's Molecular Gastronomic Pioneer

Its finale service featured a 17-course tasting menu on Sunday.

Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

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.

Moto Restaurant

945 W Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60607 312 491 0058 Visit Website