Rêve Burger, the early pandemic side project from fine dining chef Curtis Duffy of the two-Michelin-star restaurant Ever, will permanently close on Saturday, July 2 at 1363 W. Fulton Street.
Originally launched in December 2020 by Duffy and business partner Michael Muser as a stop-gap measure to bring in some funds during a ban on indoor dining, Rêve Burger initially slung griddled double cheeseburgers and fries out of the kitchen at Ever, the ambitious $5 million Fulton Market restaurant that represented the pair’s return to Chicago after their departure from three-Michelin-starred Grace.
Initially, Muser was not thrilled about the idea of Ever becoming a burger joint, he tells Crain’s. The idea of grease splattered across the immaculate kitchen was too much for him, but dwindling coffers forced his hand. He finally came around when he saw Chicagoans’ enthusiasm for the approach: the team sold out day after day. Business was so good that the operation relocated across the street into a vacant building and continued to draw hoards of fans hungry for Duffy’s take on a well-executed, no-frills fast-food sandwich.
On Tuesday, Duffy and Muser announced on Instagram that the building that houses Rêve (“Ever” spelled backwards and “dream” in French) will be razed in favor of new construction. “Rêve Burger started as a pandemic pivot and later took over a vacant building across the street from Ever restaurant,” they write. “Now the building is being torn down to make way for a new tower. We are grateful for the space that Rêve has called home for the last year and a half.”
Rêve’s impending closure will mark Chicago’s second shuttered burger spot from upscale restaurateurs this season. Maillard Tavern, the five-year-old burger bar from Piccolo Sogno co-owners Tony Priolo and Ciro Longobardo, permanently closed in late May after severe financial losses they attributed to the pandemic.
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