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4 Chef and Staff Shuffles to Know at Chicago Restaurants and Bars

Publican Wicker Park names its chef, Adam Seger exits Maple & Ash, and more

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The Publican Anker’s A.J. Walker
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WICKER PARK— The Wicker Park spinoff of The Publican has a chef du cuisine. A.J. Walker, who held the same post at the original location on Fulton Market, moves to Milwaukee Avenue and Publican Anker. The Tribune reported that Publican Quality Meats’ Joseph Frietze will take Walker's place.

GOLD COAST—After just coming aboard in March, longtime lauded barman Adam Seger is no longer at swanky steak hotspot Maple & Ash—and hasn't been for "some time," according to reps and management. New manager Kiel Schelich spearheaded the cocktail menu at the revamped downstairs bar Eight Bar & Patio.

MAGNIFICENT MILE— Longtime River North restaurant Lawry’s The Prime Rib has hired Leonard Delgado as the steakhouse’s new executive chef, according to a news release. He comes over from the Landry’s in Kansas City and a stint at the Hard Rock Cafe where he served as executive chef.

WICKER PARK— Opening Queen Mary bar manager Mony Bunni has exited Heisler's buzzy sailor-inspired saloon on Division Street. She’s moving downtown to Boleo, as the imminently-opening South American restaurant and rooftop bar inside The Kimpton Gray Hotel is stockpiling talent. She'll be a bartender there. Meanwhile, Queen Mary’s general manager Dan Smith will assume Bunni’s roles in Wicker Park.


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Publican Quality Meats

825 West Fulton Market, , IL 60607 (312) 445-8977 Visit Website

Lawry's The Prime Rib

100 East Ontario Street, , IL 60611 (312) 787-5000 Visit Website

The Kimpton Gray Hotel

122 W. Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 750-9012 Visit Website

Queen Mary

2125 West Division Street, , IL 60622 (773) 697-3522 Visit Website

The Publican

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

Maple & Ash

8 West Maple Street, , IL 60610 (312) 944-8888 Visit Website

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