|Image from City Tavern's Facebook Page|
Last week it was Alain's (1355 S. Michigan) reportedly being evicted and then potentially reopening this week (which as far as we could tell was not open yesterday). We also heard conflicting stories about Karamella Cafe (1250 S. Michigan) owners leaving completely...and then of them opening on Friday, 9/28 (FYI - that didn't happen).
This weeks surprise? Kendall Duque is apparently no longer with Mainstay Hospitality (owners of the Chicago Firehouse and City Tavern) according to Eater Chicago. Chef Duque has been with the company for awhile and as far as we could tell had a solid run. Given City Tavern's recent opening and solid reviews, you would think everyone would be happy. Maybe they were? Maybe it was time for a change?
|Image from Eater Chicago|
She has the credentials and clearly the experience to carry on and (dare we say) improve on the original concept. We've had a couple meals at City Tavern thus far and were encouraged. Some were mediocre (walleye pike with pea tendrils, artichokes, wild mushrooms and cashew vinaigrette) and some were simply amazing (wild salmon with asparagus, lump crab and blood orange bearnaise). Should be interesting to see what stays and what goes.
And if that's not enough, Eater Chicago is also providing some additional juicy info about Mainstay Hospitality:
Also joining the team as chef/partner is John Caputo (Bin 36) where he will oversee operations at Chicago Firehouse until an executive chef is found. He's been brought in to cover until he takes his official post at a yet unnamed concept for Mainstay. Stayed tuned for more on the Shen shuffle.Unnamed concept? Let the rumors begin. Last we heard was that the once rumored Mainstay Hospitality Italian restaurant is back on the table and coming to the empty building just South of City Tavern. We heard that it could open sometime in the summer of 2013. Or maybe this concept is for something in Motor Row, where according to the Chicago Tribune, Mathew O'Malley (owner of Mainstay Hospitality) has been sniffing around for other opportunities.
So stay tuned and don't blink. Just like the weather things can change in a second around here.
(Hat tip: MCT!)