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Chicago’s Moto Restaurant Bought by Alinea Group

Moto Restaurant sign. Photo by "The Writing on the Wall" and rioncm
Moto Restaurant sign. Photo by “The Writing on the Wall” and rioncm

Nine months after the death of owner Homaro Cantu, Chicago’s Moto Restaurant was sold by his widow and current owner Katie McGowan to the Alinea Group.

McGowan said in a statement that selling the restaurant was a “bittersweet decision” that “comes after deep reflection of the lasting impact” that her husband made with his restaurant.

Homaro Cantu launched Cantu Designs as well as being the executive chef of Moto. Cantu Designs is a revolutionary food technology, and Moto is one of the country’s most advanced in the niche of molecular gastronomy.

“Looking to the future, I am pleased to have come to an agreement with Nick Kokonas, Grant Achatz and the Alinea Group,” McGowan said. “I am inspired by their innovation and pioneering spirit, and wish them all the best with their new project. I can’t wait to see their vision and thank them for taking over the space as I begin a new chapter.”