Just after midnight on New Year's Day, Charlie Trotter in his eponymous Chicago restaurant and asked for guests' attention. With his wife, Rochelle, by his side, Trotter announced that he will be closing Charlie Trotter's in August, just as it celebrates 25 years as one of America's greatest restaurants. The room was understandably awestruck, then the diners began clapping, paying tribute to their chef. Wine Spectator's Mitch Frank.
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