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Charlie Trotter on Closing His Chicago Restaurant

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February 17, 2012   Copyright: Bloomberg / BusinessWeek

I never know what I’m going to do: That’s been my story my whole life. I make it up as I go. After I graduated college in 1982, I thought I’d really like to work at a restaurant. I got a job in the Chicago area. I thought I was the luckiest guy in the world. About three years into it, I took a six-month trip to Europe and made it to Frédy Girardet [in Switzerland], which was maybe the best restaurant in all of Europe. It was a crystallizing experience for me...

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