The Kitchen Chicago is a community bistro located in the historic Reid Murdoch building in River North. The Kitchen Chicago opened its doors to the community in October of 2014. In 2002, Kimbal Musk and Jen Lewin had just moved to Boulder, CO with the intention of opening a restaurant when, while walking along Pearl Street, their black Lab jumped into the lap of Hugo Matheson, who was enjoying a cup of tea outside a popular cafe. In the exchange of apologies Kimbal and Hugo recognized each other’s foreign accents – Kimbal Musk is a native of Pretoria, South Africa and Hugo Matheson is a native of Newmarket, England – which led to the type of small talk one might expect, ‘Where are you from?’, ‘Do you live here?’, etc. What one may not have expected is that this casual chitchat led to a spontaneous dinner invitation – an unforgettable meal, prepared by Hugo Matheson, that years later would be remembered by Kimbal Musk as “one of the best-tasting and most relaxing meals of my life.”
It was during this dinner that Hugo, Kimbal and Jen first conceived of the idea to create a ‘world-class neighborhood restaurant’ that would eventually be called The Kitchen. The name ‘The Kitchen’ was chosen for it was their desire to create a restaurant that would act much like the kitchen in one’s home – a center of conversation and connection – the place everyone likes to hang out. On March 16, 2004, the three co-founders opened The Kitchen in downtown Boulder, the first of a growing family of community bistros, pubs and a cocktail lounge.
Today, The Kitchen has locations across Colorado in Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins, one location in Chicago and three locations coming soon to Memphis. The Kitchen restaurants are built by a community of craftsman, serving food & drink from local farmers, ranchers and purveyors for the sustainable enjoyment of the whole community – including staff. Being a community establishment also includes our commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, including composting, wind power, eco-friendly packaging and recycling.
The Kitchen Community, is a 501c3 non-profit organization, that was also co-founded by Hugo and Kimbal with the mission of “Community Through Food.” The Kitchen Community builds Learning Gardens, designed by Jen Lewin, to connect kids with Real Food. Since being founded in the Spring of 2011, The Kitchen Community has already built over 200 Learning Gardens in schools across Colorado, Chicago, Los Angeles and Memphis reaching over 120,000 students.