CHICAGO The venture formed by chefs Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand to open high-end restaurants nationwide has been folded into a new umbrella company here with coast-to-coast development capabilities. The newly formed entity, The Crescendo Cos., is the latest well-financed concern in recent weeks to divulge plans for the stepped-up expansion of upscale restaurant concepts. News of Crescendo's launch by three real estate veterans here follows the disclosure last week of ...

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