WEST LOOP — Chef Homaro Cantu closed iNG, his flavor-bending restaurant at 951 W. Fulton Market, following a final dinner Saturday.
With a full plate that includes moto, his restaurant adjacent to iNG, and Berrista, his forthcoming coffee shop in Old Irving Park, Cantu "was kind of looking at all of this and was just like, 'I'm one person,'" restaurant spokesman Derrek Hull said.
Cantu told his staff of the closing more than a month ago and has been helping place them in jobs since then, calling it his "main priority" in a statement Friday.
Some iNG employees will transfer to the moto kitchen, Hull said.
iNG, open since February 2011, was a culinary playground for Cantu's use of the miracle berry, a fruit that temporarily tricks the tongue into tasting sour and bitter flavors as sweet. The restaurant's name is an acronym for "Imagining New Gastronomy."
The miracle berry will figure prominently in the menu at Berrista, which Cantu is aiming to open in late August or early September.
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