An intimate chef's counter dining experience dubbed Konro Restaurant will soon be among the newest additions to West Palm Beach’s growing dining scene.
The couple behind the concept, Jacob and Nadia Bickelhaupt, are headed for South Florida from Denver, where they established the first iteration of their concept where they treat diners to an almost private dinner service prepared and served by only them.
This fall, Jacob — who stands as executive chef for his Chicago restaurant that received two Michelin stars, as well as earning accolades such as Food & Wine "Best New Chef" along with multiple James Beard award nominations — and Nadia, who stands as sommelier, will deliver their unique experience via a ten-seat chef’s counter located in the city's Flamingo Park Market. Set to open this fall.
With Konro, Jacob's personality has been described as: "intertwined with his cooking and service, which presents upwards of twelve courses at a location revealed to diners 24 hours before the pop-up meal. There's no printed menu, and the chef describes each course as he serves it."
At Konro, diners can explore an ever-changing tasting menu adventure featuring Jacob's famous triple-seared A5 wagyu, buttery golden Osetra caviar-topped dishes, fresh-caught local fish, and the finest ingredients flown in daily from around the world. The chef's cuisine can be described only as uniquely "his," often invoking emotional reactions provoked by his flavor-first approach that excites the senses.
At his side is Nadia, who has deep roots in hospitality — and a passion for wine. As a seasoned retail executive and animal rescuer, Nadia’s love and devotion for living things has made for an organic transition into her role as sommelier and front of the house. Her pairings focus on Jacob’s food, as she strives to find wines that pair with — not overshadow — each course on the menu.
Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Jacob Bickelhaupt discovered his love for cooking at thirteen, a passion found while caring for — and feeding — his sisters. That innate dedication to offering food that is both beautiful and nourishing is the philosophy behind his menu today, a self-taught that allowed him to unearth his own culinary path, one attuned to texture and flavor.
Jacob first found success with an underground Chicago supper club that achieved such acclaim, he was able to translate it into a high-end restaurant, 42 Grams, earning himself two Michelin stars and a documentary in the process. The restaurant closed in 2017, and he would later open a new manifestation of his pop-up supper club as Konro Restaurant in Denver.
Today, the duo describe the experience as an extension of their home.
Konro is just the two of us, Jacob and myself — the chef's counter is really just an extension of our home," says Nadia. "We will continue on as the only two employees of the business, and as such will welcome everyone as if they are guests in our own personal home."
When asked why they chose South Florida for the latest venture, the couple told News Break:
"First and foremost, we fell in love with the people and community in West Palm Beach and felt it was the perfect place to create a permanent home and raise a family together," shares Nadia. "The dining scene in South Florida is also vibrant and exciting. Other top chefs from around the globe are opening locations and establishing themselves in the area and the surrounding community is excited to support these unique dining experiences. And I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that access to the best and freshest ingredients available is unparalleled."
Tickets for the chef’s counter are extremely limited. Priced at $400 per person, they are currently available to book through Tock.