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Legendary Charlie Trotter’s sous chef Reggie Watkins, ‘backbone’ of kitchen for 25 years, dies at 64

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For 25 years, Reginald Watkins was the backbone of one of the most famous kitchens in the world, the acclaimed Charlie Trotter’s in Lincoln Park. While a stunning roster of chefs passed through the restaurant throughout the years, Watkins remained a constant, working as the primary sous chef — and kitchen confidante for owner Charlie Trotter — until he left the restaurant in 2011, a year before it closed for good.



Charlie Trotter, Margalita Chakhnashvili posing for the camera: Chef Reginald Watkins, right, holds a sign honoring his former boss Charlie Trotter, center, during a ceremony naming a portion of Armitage Avenue as Honorary Charlie Trotter Way in August 2012.


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Chef Reginald Watkins, right, holds a sign honoring his former boss Charlie Trotter, center, during a ceremony naming a portion of Armitage Avenue as Honorary Charlie Trotter Way in August 2012.

On Monday night, Watkins died at age 64, of unknown causes during a visit to the emergency room in his home city of Chicago, after having spent the last several years working and living in Louisiana.

Following news of his death,

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Woman, 85, dies in Bay View house fire

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An 85-year-old woman died in a house fire Saturday in Bay View, according to the Milwaukee Fire Department. The house was near East Nock and South Superior streets. The fire started in the basement and spread to all floors of the home, Assistant Chief David Votsis told WISN 12 News. The woman was found dead in her bed on the second floor. Votsis said there was a lot of debris in the house, which made the fire harder to fight. Two other people who live in the house were not there when the fire broke out.There were no working smoke detectors inside. The woman’s name has not yet been released.Firefighters are still investigating what may have caused the fire.

An 85-year-old woman died in a house fire Saturday in Bay View, according to the Milwaukee Fire Department.

The house was near East Nock and South Superior streets.

The

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