Kiki, a native of Eastern France, began his over 50 years of restaurant business experience in Europe at places like La Closerie des Lilas in Paris, well known for its famous clients such as Ernest Hemingway. In December 1963, Kiki was brought to Chicago by Nancy Goldberg to help begin Maxim's of Chicago as its sommelier. This beautiful establishment has been donated to the City of Chicago. After Maxim's de Chicago, Kiki opened and became well known for his restaurant, Le Bordeaux on Madison Street in Chicago on January 1, 1969. Le Bourdeaux had an authentically French, dreamlike quality in a subterranean atmosphere, providing an escape into another world and attracting a unique blend of clientele. Kiki later expanded opening Le Bordeaux on Michigan in Chicago and finally opened his present restaruant, Kiki's Bistro.