Former Michelin-Starred Restaurant, Mexique, Closes

Diners who had reservations came to find the restaurant empty and the doors locked.

Chef Carlos Gaytan’s Chicago restaurant Mexique has closed over the weekend. The restaurant, which fused Mexican and French cuisine, had been going strong for ten years, and in 2013 and 2014, the restaurant earned consecutive Michelin stars. Yet on Saturday, diners who had reservations came to find the restaurant empty and the doors locked.

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Gaytan immigrated to Chicago in 1991 and worked at a few bistro’s before opening his own restaurant. He also became the first Mexican-born chef with Michelin-star status, a historic feat.

Mexique OwnerCarlos Gaytan/Facebook

Gaytan confirmed Sunday that he will be focusing now on his new restaurant, Ha, at the Hotel Xcaret in Mexico. For months he had been traveling between Chicago and Mexico, trying to juggle both restaurants, but now it seems he has decided to try something new.

However, he did say that he will have an announcement in a few months that will surprise Chicagoans. Could it be another restaurant perhaps? His ex-wife owns the space that Mexique was in, but he has made it clear he wants to embark on something new, so could that lead to a new address? While we don’t know when this announcement will be made, we do know that he has promised to return to Chicago. Gaytan is bittersweet about the closing, saying,

“It’s not a building. Mexique is not a space. Mexique is family. Mexique is pure heart. It’s a story on a plate.”

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