We did not see this coming. Cicchetti, which opened last December, is closing Saturday. We wrote a glowing review of the restaurant in February, and of its brunch in July. In May's Food & Drink Awards, readers voted it Best New Restaurant and named Mike Sheerin Breakout Chef of the Year. So, needless to say, we're a little bummed about the news, especially since we recently had a big staff dinner there.
A couple of weeks ago, Sheerin and sous chef Sarah Jordan announced they were leaving, and that sous chef Phil Rubino would take over the kitchen. Yesterday, Eater reported that the restaurant was closing.
We emailed the restaurant's publicist for any details, but we didn't get much beyond this statement from owner Dan Rosenthal:
"We're tremendously proud and thankful for all that we were able to accomplish and for the accolades and support we've received from the Chicago dining community, but ultimately it came down to profitability at this location. Sopraffina will close doors on Friday night and Cicchetti will close doors on Saturday night after dinner. All five remaining locations of the highly successful Sopraffina concept will remain open."
If you haven't been to Cicchetti yet, now's your last chance.