WHEELING, Ill. — Bob Chinn, a longtime Chicago area chef and restaurateur identified for his Wheeling seafood restaurant has died at the age of 99, an announcement from the restaurant introduced.
Bob Chinn’s Crab House opened in Wheeling in 1982 when Chinn was 59 years outdated. It grew to become one of many nation’s highest grossing eating places, with the institution incomes over $24 million in annual revenue by 2012.
Chinn dropped out of highschool to hitch the United States Army throughout World War II and had labored ever since. Chinn acquired his begin within the trade by supplying patterned plates to Chinese eating places, an occupation that finally progressed into serving to members of the family open their very own eating places.
His particular person restaurant endeavors included a Chinese restaurant that was finally handed to his brother-in-law and a Polynesian buffet.
Chinn’s worldwide travels and experiences with seafood in several components of the globe finally impressed him to open Bob Chinn’s Crab House, which opened with 250 seats in 1982 on Milwaukee Avenue.
The restaurant grew to a 700-seat capability and gross sales that eclipsed 2,500 meals on the common day, with 3,000 kilos of seafood flown in to the restaurant day by day.
A press release from the restaurant was issued on their Facebook web page:
“Today we lost a legend. It’s with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of our fearless leader, our friend, our family member- the one and only, Bob Chinn. To know him was to love him and he was known by so many. His larger-than-life personality and famous tastebuds gave us 99 fantastic years of excitement, innovation and countless smiles. Everyone who has walked through the doors of his eponymous restaurant has been a part of this incredible journey and we’d like to thank you all. We will be celebrating his wonderful life- more details to follow in the coming days. In the interim, we’d love to hear all of your “Bob” stories- we all know everyone has one! Photos are welcome too! Please ship to: [email protected] Thank you once more for the love and assist in making his life a very spectacular one!“
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