The Last New Year
Closing Night at The Flame Steakhouse After 53 Years...
by Jeffery C. Johnson
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About the Book
A Photographic To-Go Package
The Last New Year is a portrait of The Flame Steakhouse on its final night, New Years Eve, after 53 years as a renowned Chicago area restaurant and the first, and last, of a once fabulously successful restaurant group that included over 15 restaurants in three states.
While waiting on and serving tables, armed with his trusty Nikon D80 around his neck, photographer Jeffery C. Johnson captured that rare moment when customers and employees get the chance to say thank you, and goodbye, to a long-standing establishment that has been a special place to generations.
The Last New Year is a look at the last great party in a storied space that hosted thousands of parties; On a warm, end of the year, night that teetered gingerly between the past and present, Jeffery candidly documented the final hours of the dining, drinking, laughter and tears that were at hand on the night that they put an era to bed.
The Suburban Life Newspapers called this book "A nostalgic farewell to an icon in Chicagoland for over five decades" and John Williams of WGN Radio said "The Last New Year is a beautiful book!".
Jeffery C. Johnson is a 3rd generation photographer who has exhibited his work throughout Chicago and its suburbs, has had work published in many publications both in print and online, and has been selling his work in stores around the city to people from all over the world.