The dream in question was that of Homaru Cantu, the forward-thinking chef who introduced the taste-altering miracle berry to the public, blended science and cooking at Moto in Chicago and took his own life in the bare bones of that brewery space.
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Merges was Cantu’s boss at Charlie Trotter’s back in the day, as well as the chef behind a mini-empire of Chicago restaurants (Yusho, A10, Billy Sunday). He's partnered with Trevor Rose-Hamblin, Cantu’s former kitchen intern at Moto, and they're bringing Cantu's vision to life at Old Irving Brewing.