Grant Achatz is a god, maybe even God himself. Which makes Alinea heaven or at least the best restaurant in America (and I’ve dined at Alinea, French Laundry, Per Se, Daniel, etc., etc., as well as served in Danny Meyer’s empire). So check out this video of 24 Hours at Alinea and prepare to be overwhelmed at the detail that goes into the operation of heaven, err, the country’s greatest restaurant.
How many forthcoming restaurants are announced, Hollywood-style, with a trailer? Alinea, opened in Chicago by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas five years ago this week, featured a short “coming soon” film on its website many months before its kitchen was built. Today, Mr. Achatz and Mr. Kokonas did it again, releasing a trailer for Next Restaurant and a cocktail lounge called Aviary, both projected to open in Chicago this fall. (The exact addresses have not been announced.)