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Suburban Standout Boltwood Closes in Evanston After Nearly Five Years

The chef helped open Publican

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Boltwood, an acclaimed suburban restaurant opened by the inaugural chef de cuisine at the Publican, has closed its doors in Evanston. Chef Brian Huston left One Off Hospitality Group and Fulton Market in 2014 to open his own restaurant and quickly wowed the critics. Huston’s business partner confirmed the news.

“It has been a pleasure to serve the Evanston community for the past four years and seven months,” wrote Boltwood partner Chrissy Prieto, who’s also Huston’s wife.

Prieto wouldn’t elaborate but said they decided not to renew their lease at 804 Davis Street in Evanston. She added she’s unsure what the future holds professionally for herself and Huston.

Huston is an Evanston native. Boltwood took over the spot occupied by LuLu’s Dim Sum and Then Sum, the well-liked Chinese restaurant. LuLu’s has since reopened in a new location. Huston’s history with One Off and Paul Kahan includes stints at Avec and Blackbird. The shutter is a blow to Evanston’s restaurant scene and an unwelcome bit of news to start 2019.


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