Chef Takashi Yagihashi, who holds one Michelin star at his namesake restaurant Takashi, announced today he will close the restaurant on December 31 after a seven-year run. In a press release, Yagihashi writes, "While the restaurant has afforded me many opportunities and cherished guests, it is time that I explore the next chapter in my career." For the onetime Top Chef Masters contestant, that means focusing on his other casual concepts, including two locations of the Slurping Turtle noodle bar, Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi (inside a Chicago Macy's), his catering concept Tabo Sushi by Takashi, and a private dining service. Yagihashi tells the Chicago Tribune he also plans "a lot of new projects coming next year."
Starting December 1, Yagihashi will serve a seven-course "greatest hits" menu three nights a week, with a blow-out final service planned for New Year's Eve. Just two days ago, it was announced Takashi would retain its one Michelin star, which it had held since 2010. As Eater Chicago points out, "three of Chicago's finest establishments from last year's Michelin Guide" — including Takashi, the soon-to-close L20, and the now-shuttered Graham Elliot — will soon cease to exist.