Originally posted by Steven67
Gulliver's has been owned not by this Burt but by the late Jerry Freidman and his family for over 30 years. I believe Jerry passed away a few years ago and his wife runs it now. If Burt started it, he left sometime in the 1970s. I am not sure if Burt ever was involved at Gulliver's as I knew Jerry Freidman and a long time ago used to do some work for him in the restaurant on Howard.
Trust me Steve, Burt started Gulliver's in the early/mid 60s with Jerry being a silent partner at the time. Burt left within a couple of years as Jerry's involvement grew, and it became apparent that their chemistry as partners wasn't going to work. Rather than harming the business he worked so hard to grow, Burt left of his own accord; laid low for a few years before starting Pequod's in 1971. He sold Pequod's to the current owners in '86.
He started Burt's Place in '89 where he has been ever since. In the last two years the restaurant has received a tremendous amount of attention, both for the pizza and the man. After being named a Great Neighborhood Restaurant by the LTHForum, the premier website for discussing Chicago's best restaurants, the store was written up twice by Time Out Chicago, and featured in the all Chicago issue of Saveur magazine, even making the cover with an extreme close up of a tantalizing slice of spinach and mushroom pizza.
Earlier this month Anthony Bourdain taped a segment for No Reservations at Burt's. The Chicago installment of No Reservations, which will also feature Hot Doug's, L20, Calumet Fisheries, and other culinary destinations in Our Town, will air some time early next year.