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The Publican Announces New Wine and Spirits Manager; Bayless' Bar Manager Exits

Bar manager Jay Schroeder is the latest Bayless staffer to head out on his own.

Chase Bracamontes
Chase Bracamontes
Courtesy of The Publican

A couple beverage director personnel changes are coming to prominent Chicago restaurants. Paul Kahan's The Publican has a new wine and spirits manager, Chase "Cha Cha" Bracamontes, who will handle the booze program on Fulton Market with the exception of beer (the restaurant is searching for a new beer manager). Bracamontes, who worked for five years at Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch in New York, is focusing the wine list on German, Austrian, Slovenian, and Northern Italian varietals.

Meanwhile, a major staffing change is also coming to Rick Bayless' restaurants. Bar manager Jay Schroeder, who took over the beverage programs at Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco in October 2013, is the latest Bayless staffer to head out on his own. "I've been working on a project for some time now, and it's time to put plans into action," Schroeder writes in an email. "I look forward to sharing some big news very soon." There's no word yet on Schroeder's replacement at the Bayless restaurants.

Bar Sotano

445 North Clark Street, , IL 60610 (312) 391-5857 Visit Website


449 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 723-2131 Visit Website

The Publican

837 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 733-9555 Visit Website


445 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 661-1434 Visit Website