Yesterday, news broke that Jackie Shen, who recently has been at Argent and Friendship Chinese for very short stints, would be taking over the kitchen at City Tavern. With that change, what happened to Kendal Duque?
Duque, who has been with Mainstay Hospitality for a few years at Chicago Firehouse and who opened City Tavern, apparently has left the company. When Eater reached out to a spokeswoman for Mainstay, the requisite line that Duque and Mainstay "decided to part ways" and that "it was an amicable split" was offered. Eater also tried contacting Duque to no avail. While Mainstay is reportedly working on something with now-former Bin 36 chef John Caputo, it appears its relationship with Duque is over. No word yet on what Duque's future plans entail.
· Jackie Shen Lands at City Tavern [~EChi~]