Sun Times sits down with Georges "Kiki" Cuisance
Georges "Kiki" Cuisance
“Kiki” came to Chicago 50 years ago and began his restaurant career at Maxim’s de Paris on the Gold Coast as a wine sommelier. His reputation and accomplishments in the restaurant world have given Chicago two fine dining establishments that have achieved the highest acclaim. He opened the legendary LeBordeaux on Madison Street in the loop on January 1, 1969. LeBordeaux had an authentically French, dreamlike quality in a subterranean atmosphere providing an escape into another world and attracting a unique blend of clientele.
Kiki’s Bistro was opened in 1990 and with 25 years at 900 N. Franklin, he has established a reputation as THE “Renaissance” man of River North. Kiki’s Bistro has been recognized for its authentic French fare by Zagat, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune, among others. Kiki’s Bistro enjoys an international reputation and has a loyal following to this day. The bistro is an ideal location for special events and gatherings with a capacity of 150 customers. The wine list is truly superb and well-priced.
Richard M. Daley, former Mayor of the City of Chicago proclaimed Georges “Kiki” Cuisance Day in recognition of his many accomplishments and for creating and sustaining an authentic French bistro of the highest quality and outstanding customer service in a comfortable setting. Kiki has been a fixture in Chicago and has established his own “landmark status” and he has held an international reputation for his famed and very French restaurants.
Kiki’s Bistro is located at 900 N. Franklin and in a ceremony on Bastille Day, July 14, 2010, the corners of Franklin & Locust were renamed “Rue de Kiki” to commemorate Kiki’s contribution to River North and the neighborhood.