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Photograph: Dave RentauskasLifetime Achievement Award: Scott Harris

Lifetime Achievement Award | Eat Out Awards 2011

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Scott Harris

Scott Harris is not on TV, nor on Twitter, and he’s written not a single cookbook. Instead, the restaurateur has stuck to restaurateuring: He’s opened more than 20 Francesca’s restaurants, the original of which, born on Clark Street in 1992, is still impossible to squeeze into on a Saturday night. In addition to those, the restless Harris has opened, with partners, the Purple Pig, Nella (which he renamed Francesca’s and then recently closed), a taqueria in St. Charles called Fat Rosie’s, Ethyl’s Wine & Beer Dive (opening in June) and, in his quest to revive Little Italy, Davanti Enoteca and Salatino’s. Finding a Chicagoan who hasn’t dined at one of these restaurants is difficult; even more difficult is finding somebody who didn’t enjoy it.

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