It’s been almost a year since 42 Grams suddenly closed in Uptown, leaving a Michelin star-sized void in Chicago’s fine dining scene. But a new tenant with Michelin-star history is taking over the kitchen at 4662 N. Broadway Street. Ex-Longman & Eagle chef Matt Kerney is assembling a team that will open a new restaurant in the space.
Details are scarce, but there’s a liquor license application for Brass Heart for 42 Grams’s former address with Kerney’s and his partners’s name on it. With Kerney’s Michelin-starred background and the small space’s two-Michelin-starred history, fine dining could be in the works at this new spot too.
Kerney left Longman in Logan Square in January 2017 and was consulting. He helped the team at Schubas open Tied House, the music venue’s new sit-down restaurant in Lakeview. That was before Debbie Gold took over as the restaurant’s chef. Kerney also has appeared on Iron Chef Showdown.
It’s unclear if Brass Heart will be the restaurant’s name. Last week, Kerney confirmed that he intends to open a new restaurant there. He and his partners are not ready to share more information.
“All I can say right now is that we are in possession of the 42 Grams space,” Kerney texted. “We are waiting to make a public statement about the details. We’ll be providing more information soon.”
Four people are listed on the application, including attorney Patrick Wartan who chairs Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s food and beverage practice. Longman & Eagle, which recently named a new chef, lost its single Michelin star after Kerney’s departure. Whatever the team has planned, check back in the coming weeks for updates.