Dish reports that Jackie Shen has left the successful Loop riverside steakhouse Chicago Cut House. Shen was one of the city’s culinary stars at her Jackie’s in Lincoln Park in the 80s and early 90s, which was one of the places along with Charlie Trotter’s which made that neighborhood a dining destination in the yuppie era, and helped introduce Asian-French fusion in the city. Later she had eight successful years at Red Light, and while Dish observes that “she and a steakhouse never seemed a perfect fit,” she did earn the place a reputation for quality after a shaky start that made it the most-admired new opening in that genre in several years. No word yet where she— and her signature dessert, the chocolate bag— are going next. [Dish]
Chicago Cut House’s river view, in a photo not taken today.