The History of the American Restaurant, as Told by Chef Michael Kornick

07/30/2012 05:24 pm ET | Updated Sep 29, 2012

Chef Michael Kornick would never use the word "empire" to describe his restaurant business, in Chicago and beyond, but I will.

From the upscale MK to the, yes, burger joint (DMK Burger) to the new, small-plates hotel-lounge-without-a-hotel Ada Street, Kornick is as adept a businessman as he is a chef.

And he's a great chef -- one who took his first job at 23, was one of the first to put Chicago's Randolph Street on the culinary map and seems to come up with a new restaurant idea every other week.

Here he talks about his past -- but quickly shifts gears to the recent history of the American restaurant in general.

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