Michelin blessing could mean 25% bump for one-star restaurants

Restaurants that earned one star in the inaugural Chicago Michelin Guide are likely to see the biggest lift in business among their two- and three-star counterparts, if the experience of New York and San Francisco establishments is any indicator.

The French-based Michelin Guide published its first Chicago edition this month, assigning coveted star ratings to a total of 23 restaurants here.

Based on the experiences of some newly crowned one-stars in San Francisco and New York, which received their 2011 ratings in October, Chicago restaurants could see a jump in revenue and bookings of 10% to 25%.

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