Grant Achatz, already a culinary superstar with his avant-garde Chicago restaurant Alinea, has another hit on his hands with Next, the restaurant he and his business partner Nick Kokonas opened in April. It is, quite literally, the hottest ticket in town. And a ticket it is. For rather than take reservations and present a bill after dinner, Next sells your admission in advance. The menu is preset, just like a theatrical or musical program.
For their opening act, "Paris 1906," Achatz and his executive chef at Next, David Beran, harked back to the days of chef Auguste Escoffier at the Ritz.
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