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Chef Changes at Lockwood, Tortoise Club, Epic, and More

Plus beverage personnel moves at Celeste and Formento's.

New Lockwood chef Mathew Wiltzius
New Lockwood chef Mathew Wiltzius

RIVER NORTH—Aaron Browning (Koda, Tavernita), among Chicago Magazine's "Top 50 Chefs in Chicago" back in 2006, is now the executive chef at Tortoise Club, replacing Gray McNally. Browning has implemented new menus at the gorgeous ode to classic Chicago at 350 N. State; read one below. [EaterWire]

LOOP—A chef change has come to Lockwood, the restaurant in the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel at 17 E. MonroeMathew Wiltzius (David Burke's Primehouse; Waldorf Astoria) replaced Joe Rose as executive chef and has launched new menus; read the dinner one below. [EaterWire/Multiple Reports]

RIVER NORTH—Former Quay executive chef Dan Marquis is now the executive chef at the Hubbard Street nightclubaurant Epic. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—Meanwhile, across the street on Hubbard, Celeste beverage director Freddie Sarkis, who masterminded the massive and thorough cocktail menu at the cocktail bar/supper club/nightclub/rooftop on 111 W. Hubbard St., has left the position to be a liquor brand ambassador. There's no word yet on a replacement or any menu changes. [EaterWire]

WEST LOOP—Steve Morgan, most recently of NYC's Tribeca Grill Alinea, will be the wine director at The Bristol group's forthcoming restaurant row red sauce joint Formento's. Look for the opening before winter. [EaterWire]


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