As Grant Achatz's number two, Curtis Duffy helped design Alinea. When Graham Elliot Bowles left Avenues, Duffy stepped into his shoes — and won two Michelin stars. Now, Duffy is building one of the most anticipated restaurants in the country, Grace, on Chicago's hot Randolph Street dining strip. Duffy is aiming for world class when Grace opens later this year — and Grub Street invites you to come along. In our new video series, Finding Grace: The Making of a Restaurant, we'll watch as Duffy and his team work out every detail that goes into a restaurant of this caliber — as it happens in real time. In this first seven-minute episode, "Space," Duffy and architect Christopher Lawton walk us through the raw, empty space that will become Grace, explaining how they will create the environment that they want guests to experience — and why it's so important to Duffy to create a restaurant as good as any in the world.
Originally published at Grub Street on April 5, 2012 here: chicago.grubstreet.com/2012/04/curtis-duffy-finding-grace-space-1.html
Episode 2 ("Wine"): vimeo.com/43000461
Episode 3 ("Plates"): vimeo.com/46291073
Episode 4 ("Service"): vimeo.com/50135971
Episode 5 ("Dinner"): vimeo.com/55269744