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Four Seasons chef strikes out on his own

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Longtime Four Seasons Chicago executive chef Kevin Hickey is leaving the hotel and its restaurant, Allium, on Oct. 1 — off to launch his own restaurant, after an 18-year career with the Four Seasons organization.

In a statement, Hickey said he will partner with Billy Dec’s Rockit Ranch Productions on a new venture at 441 N. Clark St.

“We are in the process of reimagining the space and concept,” said Hickey in his statement, indicating the new restaurant will open in the River North site in spring, 2014.

“I will also open a restaurant and bar in Bridgeport called The Duck Inn,” also next spring.

“These are the first of, what I hope to be, many new ventures as I begin on a new life of entrepreneurism and independent restaurants.”