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Nick Lacasse Out at mfk; New Chef at CH Distillery; More Chef Shuffles

Plus the Chicago Cut seafood restaurant has a chef and a Sixteen alum heads to the Conrad.

Marc Much

LAKEVIEW—A chef shuffle has come to the hot, tiny, well-regarded seafood spot mfk. Opening chef Nick Lacasse (The Drawing Room) exited after service on Valentine's Day, and former chef de cuisine Joey Schwab is now running the kitchen. Owners Scott and Sari Worsham describe the parting as "amicable" and say that Schwab will unveil a new menu "in the coming weeks." [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—Ownership and reps won't reveal updates on C Fish House, the seafood place from the Chicago Cut guys taking over the former Keefer's space at 20 W. Kinzie, but according to a Craigslist ad, chef Bill Montagne will run the kitchen. Montagne (Le Bernardin, Lettuce Entertain You) was a finalist for the Eater Young Guns in 2012. [EaterWire]

RIVER NORTH—Former Lockwood chef Joseph Rose is now running the kitchen at Terrace Restaurant at the Conrad Chicago Hotel. Rose, who also held high positions at Sixteen and Pump Room, will launch a new menu in spring that adds "Asian influence to modern American cuisine." He replaces Darnell Reed, who opened Luella's Southern Kitchen in Lincoln Square. [EaterWire]

WEST LOOP—Bobby Mayo is the new head chef at CH Distillery, replacing JP Doiron. Mayo, who took over the kitchen at Chicago's first distillery and cocktail bar combo last month, has implemented many new dishes, including lamb tartare and P.E.I. mussels. [EaterWire]

Pump Room

1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 601-2970 Visit Website

CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar

564 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL 312 707 8780 Visit Website

The Terrace

701 7th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10036 (212) 261-5400 Visit Website

Conrad Chicago

521 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 312 645 1500

Mfk Restaurant

432 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614 773 857 2540 Visit Website

C Chicago

20 W Kinzie, Chicago, IL (312) 280-8882