Alinea, which came in at No. 4 on The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America list and which has consistently been named one of the best restaurants in the world by San Pellegrino, may be coming soon to a city near you. After a successful pop-up restaurant in New York this past fall, Alinea’s executive chef Grant Achatz told the upscale dining and recipes website Fine Dining Lovers that the next step is opening Alinea pop-ups in Miami and Madrid.
“Right now, we’re about to sign contract with pop-ups in Madrid and Miami… the contracts for these will come before New York, there’s a question mark at the moment with the New York project but Madrid and Miami are happening soon,” Achatz said. “We don’t have exact dates or exact locations, even which one will come first, but we’re expecting January or February 2016.”
The pop-ups will be a “full team move,” with the entire Alinea staff transporting one of Chicago’s finest and most revered dining experiences to Miami and Madrid, where Achatz expects to be “inspired by the local culture and ingredients.”
Alinea, besides creating creative and upscale cuisine, is also known for its revolutionary reservation ticketing system, designed by Achatz’s co-owner and business partner Nick Kokonas. It has since been adapted by other fine-dining institutions around the world. We can only imagine that the tickets at these pop-ups will sell out almost immediately.