Restaurateur of the Year | Eat Out Awards 2013

Brendan Sodikoff Brendan Sodikoff doesn’t just open great restaurants—he dominates entire genres. Maude’s Liquor Bar is an incredibly...

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Photograph: Chris Strong

Restaurateur of the Year: Brendan Sodikoff

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Photograph: Chris Strong

Alpana Singh (Boarding House) | Restaurateur of the Year nominee | 2013 Eat Out Awards

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Janan Asfour (not pictured), Tom MacDonald (left)and Jason Normann (right) (Telegraph & Reno) | Restaurateurs of the Year nominees | 2013 Eat Out Awards

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Matt Eisler & Kevin Heisner (Trenchermen) | Restaurateurs of the Year nominees | 2013 Eat Out Awards

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Jerrod, Molly & R.J. Melman (RPM & Bub City) | Restaurateurs of the Year nominees | 2013 Eat Out Awards

Brendan Sodikoff

Brendan Sodikoff doesn’t just open great restaurants—he dominates entire genres. Maude’s Liquor Bar is an incredibly popular French bistro, Doughnut Vault has lines around the block that no other doughnut shop can match, Au Cheval is the diner of your dreams, and Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf is a formidable player in Chicago’s booming steakhouse scene. Rather than resting on his laurels, Sodikoff is still looking for new cuisines to conquer. This year promises to bring a Sodikoff-helmed ramen shop and Jewish deli, and who knows what else is yet to come. If he opened a corner stand selling fried raccoon belly, suddenly fried raccoon belly would be the hippest dish in town.—AT

Other nominees Janan Asfour, Tom MacDonald and Jason Normann (Telegraph and Reno); Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner (Trenchermen); Jerrod, Molly and R.J. Melman (RPM and Bub City); Alpana Singh (the Boarding House)

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