Restaurant in Chicago, IL
Kiki, a native of Eastern France, started his over fifty years of restaurant business knowledge in Europe at places like La Closerie des Lilas in Paris, best known for its famous customers such as Ernest Hemingway. In December 1963, Kiki was brought to Chicago by Nancy Goldberg to aid begin Maxim's of Chicago as its sommelier. This pretty establishment has been donated to the City of Chicago. After Maxim's de Chicago, Kiki opened and became best known for his restaurant, Le Bordeaux on Madison Street in Chicago on January 1, 1969. Le Bourdeaux had an authentically French, dreamlike quality in a subterranean atmosphere, delivering an escape into another world and attracting an exceptional blend of clientele. Kiki later expanded opening Le Bordeaux on Michigan in Chicago and finally opened his present restaruant, Kiki's Bistro.