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Lettuce Entertain You to Close Michelin-Starred Tru After 18 Years [Updated]

A new concept is coming to the fine-dining restaurant in Streeterville after its last service on Oct. 7

Tru’s exterior east of Michigan Avenue
Barry Brecheisen

After officially closing its acclaimed fine-dining restaurant Intro in July and L20 before that, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises now announces the closure of one of its two Michelin-starred restaurants. Tru, Chicago’s largest restaurant group’s highly-praised fine-dining restaurant just east of the Magnificent Mile, will close after service on Oct. 7, according to a statement from Lettuce Entertain You reps. LEYE are planning to open a new concept in the space at 676 N. Saint Clair St. in Streeterville at a later date.

Here is LEYE’s statement: “Tru will be closing, serving its last service on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Lettuce Entertain You is working on the plan to re-concept the space and we look forward to sharing this with our guests. The team at Tru is honored by the support and accolades we have received over the years.”

Opened in 1999, Tru has long been one LEYE’s fine-dining crown jewels, drawing countless local and national accolades under chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand, and now Anthony Martin. It has received Michelin stars in multiple years and is known as one of the longtime torchbearers in Chicago’s upscale restaurant scene.

Now, with L20 gone and Tru closing soon, Everest is LEYE’s last remaining bastion of fine-dining with a Michelin star. Stay tuned for news of Tru’s replacement.

UPDATE: LEYE patriarch Rich Melman tells Chicago magazine that he’s closing Tru because “it was time. I don’t think I want to be doing 4-star dining in the future. At least, not in the immediate future.” He says the new concept in the space should be ready in February or March and that Everest, Lettuce’s last remaining fine-dining restaurant, “is going to stay around.” Finally, he reveals that Tru chef Anthony Martin is leaving LEYE to “try a different business.” More to come soon.


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