Restaurant Sixteen in Chicago’s Trump Tower is set to close its doors in April after operating for more than 10 years.

The restaurant has two Michelin stars, but reportedly saw “sales drop as low as 40 per cent during weekdays in recent months”, according to a former employee who spoke to Eater.

Sixteen will be replaced with a more casual establishment that’s yet to be named. Chef Nick Dostal will remain at the venue and has referred to the transition as “American new fine dining”.

“People are going out a lot more, which means restaurants have to be more accessible — they don’t want to save up for just one expensive dinner,” Dostal told Chicago.

The new concept will appease the masses and include menu options such as burgers and a more affordable wine list. “It’s a lot of my influence — French cuisine, Italian cuisine, and a lot of Asian flavors,” says Dostal.

Sixteen will also undergo renovations to utilise the venue’s terrace and incorporate a bar.

Image credit: Sixteen

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