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Dish Flash—Death by Degrees

Fahrenheit (1890 W. Main St., St. Charles), a new 130-seat stunner that was going to be a boon to the far west suburban dining scene, has closed. The restaurant, led by Spiaggia veteran Pete Balodimas, quickly earned two stars in the Tribune and in Chicago magazine. Heck, we even put it in our Best New Restaurants issue (May 2008). So why did the place pull the plug after only…

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Fahrenheit (1890 W. Main St., St. Charles),
a new 130-seat stunner  that was going to be a boon to the far west suburban dining scene, has closed. The restaurant, led by Spiaggia veteran Pete Balodimas, quickly earned two stars in the Tribune and in Chicago magazine. Heck, we even put it in our Best New Restaurants issue (May 2008). So why did the place pull the plug after only five months of business? “I just think we are a little ahead of our time out in the suburbs,” says Balodimas. “But it’s not the last you are going to hear of me. Trust me on that. Probably heading for the city.” PS: Pete wants to thank all of his regulars who understood what he was doing. He appreciates it. Which, as far as we can tell, means: Where the heck were the rest of you?

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