Chefs on the Move

Who's In and Who's Out in Chef Shuffles for the week of Nov. 23

In New York City...

Kim Stolz and Amanda Leigh Dunn, The Dalloway (photo by Melissa Hom)

Emma Hearst has taken a break from the chef post at Sorella; Molly Nickerson replaces her. The new executive chef at Co-Op at Hotel on Rivington is James London, previously of Crow’s Nest in Montauk. The brick-and-mortar location for Landhaus is now open; People’s Pops will reclaim the space in the spring. Heather Tierney started serving vegetarian fare and jucies at The Butcher’s Daughter. Andanada 141 opened in the former Gastroarte space, with Manuel Berganza acting as chef. The Smith opened its third location. Cowgirl Seahorse reopened after addressing flood damage. L’isola Wood Fired Pizza & Gastro Bar began service. Kim Stolz and Amanda Leigh Dunn opened The Dalloway this week, with a menu by Vanessa Miller of Noche. The Sea Fire Grill had its opening Wednesday and Stix Mediterranean Grill opened Monday. Atlantic Co. has been built out of the former Ortine space.

Runner & Stone by Peter Endriss of Per Se and Chris Pizzulli of Blue Ribbon is ready to open. Chez Sardine opens this week. David Santos will open Louro on Dec. 1. Maiden Lane is set to open early next year, from owners Nialls Fallon and Gareth Maccubbin, former general managers of Torissi and Parm, respectively.

Union Trust has shuttered, citing plumbing issues. Café Zaiya’s main location has closed after sustaining fire damage; other locations are still serving. Good & Plenty to Go has gone.

On the East Coast...

In Washington, D.C., Artisan Confections, Black Lime Café, and Vino Volo are all open. Wildwood Kitchen from Robert Wiedmaier had its soft opening. Rachel Sergi of Jack Rose Saloon will reportedly tend bar at the upcoming Buffalo and Bergen at Union Market.

In Philadelphia, High Note Café has closed; it becomes a second FrancoLuigi’s, after the restaurateur decided to merge the two.

In Chicago...

Joseph Rose, Lockwood

The waffle-sandwich concept BEL 50 opened this week with Joey Altman behind the menu; in thematically but not otherwise related news, Waffles opened its second location. The Thai fusion Polygon Café made its debut in the former Sushi Luxe space. Greco’s Gluten Free is open, and Morsel started serving its comfort food. John Barleycorn debuted its 14,000-square-foot location last weekend. Riccardo Enoteca lit its wood-burning ovens. Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen reopened in its new location after a fire shut it down last year.

Joseph Rose, previously of Pump Room, has been named executive chef at Lockwood in the Palmer House Hilton. William Johnson has moved up through the ranks at Filini after the departure of Christian Fantoni last week. John Vermiglio will leave G.E.B. to begin working with Matthias Merges on Merges’ unnamed Hyde Park spot. Scott Malloy has parted ways with Arami.

Dengeos will replace the now-shuttered Best Steak House. Stephanie Izard’s hotly anticipated Little Goat has again pushed back its opening to mid-December.

Zak’s has closed.

Down South...

Kris Wessel, Florida Cookery

In Austin, Texas, the Detroit-style pizza truck Via 313 hit the road with a second pizzeria last week; no brick-and-mortar location yet. Jodi Elliot of Foreign & Domestic will help reopen La Boite, which lost its bakery wholesaler earlier this month. Britni Buell is the new pastry chef at Olivia.

In Atlanta, Jonathan St. Hilaire is now executive chef at The Lawrence; he replaces Shane Devereux. Bonefish Grill will host its grand opening charity dinner Dec. 1. Tavern 360 has closed.

In Miami, Kris Wessel’s spot Florida Cookery is softly open at The James Royal Palm hotel. CATCH looks to open before Christmas, with Hung Huynh prepping the seafood-based menu.

In New Orleans, Justin Ferguson has left Superior Seafood and moved to the Roosevelt. The Columbian-Creole spot Maïs Arapas faces final inspections.

In Oxford, Miss., Jesse Houston, previously of Parlor Market in Jackson, was appointed chef de cuisine of City Grocery by none other than Chef-Owner John Currence.

In Los Angeles...

Miles Thompson has joined the Allston Yacht Club as executive chef; it will reopen soon after tweaking. Pastry chef Brooke Mosley has left The Parish downtown; Casey Lane will oversee pastry operations for the time being. Stephen Kalt has begun reinventing Caulfield’s

Soft-open now, Coco Laurent opens officially this weekend with Guillaume Jouvet behind the menu. House of Tacos opened, and Il Buco has reopened. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf opens another spot this week.

Moon Juice has begun seeking a chef and general manager, as it carries out plans to expand. Ludovic Lefebvre has announced the final installment of Ludobites, as he prepares to open a more permanent establishment.

Guy Gabriele has announced his plans to leave Café Pierre; his daughter will take over. Baciami Gelateria has closed, along with Twirl Yogurt, which had been operating for over two years.

In San Francisco...

Billy Reid, Hopmonk Tavern

In a move sure to get tails wagging, Chocolate Lab opened this week from Recchiuti Confections. One Up opened last week in the Grand Hyatt at Union Square with a bar program by Scott Beattie of Goose & Gander and Adam Nichol in the kitchen. Curry Up unveiled its second location. Hopmonk Tavern opened its third location Wednesday with Billy Reid at the burners, in the space of former Southern Pacific Smokehouse.

Hog & Rocks hired Robin Song, previously of Ame, as its new chef.

The classic brunch spot Mama’s looks to open a second location. Napa chef Michael Chiarello has stated his plans to open his first San Francisco restaurant, a Spanish-inspired spot that has yet to be named.

Out West...

Michael O'Dowd, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

In Portland, Ore., Best Burgers’ Owner John Cartisser opened a brick-and-mortar location, Best Burger and Breakfast. DOC Owner Danya McEarlean opened the commissary kitchen DASH with plans to develop a makeshift morning coffee shop and bakery. The Pub House shuttered; The Huckleberry Pub, a brick-and-mortar from the proprietors of Eat This!, will take its place.

In Seattle, Meander’s Kitchen opened its second location this past weekend. Simon Zatyrka has moved from Cutter’s to KORAL Bar & Kitchen. Old Town Alehouse is closing after 17 years, and Z’Tejas will close its Seattle outpost after 11 years. The Shipwreck Tavern ends service on Sunday after 3 years.

In Phoenix, Ariz., Michael O’Dowd joined the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel as executive chef, bringing his interest in Native American cuisine to the hotel.

In London...

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsey found himself on the receiving end of culinary rage this week, when he applied to register the UK trademark for the Spotted Pig, fellow Brit April Bloomfield's restaurant co-owned by Ken Friedman, with Mario Batali and Bono among the investors. Bloomfield and Friedman have two months to challenge the application, but Anthony Bourdain has a few choice words for Ramsey already.

Finally, we are sad to report that Jorge Ivan Arango Herrera, 34, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, both senior staffers at The Fat Duck, were killed in a car crash this week in Hong Kong. Heston Blumenthal was also in Hong Kong at the time, but was reportedly in a separate vehicle. —Jack Duszynski




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