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howard 1st Aug 7, 2008 07:39 AM

for reasons of his own, matt has decided to sell his eponymous boite to a trusted employee who promises no changes except for the departure of matt. farewell to a great place and hopeful prayers for its future.

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    seattlegem RE: howard 1st Aug 7, 2008 12:00 PM

    I think Nancy at the Times reported on that last month.

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      christy319 RE: seattlegem Aug 7, 2008 07:44 PM

      It is now in the hands of someone who was already a partner, so it's not really a big change. I've eaten there recently and there is no difference.

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        choweater RE: christy319 Aug 7, 2008 10:36 PM

        As a great personality, Matt will be missed. Truth be told, he hasn't been cooking for some time now. His seasoned chefs have successfully convinced the new and regular guests that this place is about good food for some time now - virtually since the remodel. The new ownership changes absolutely nothing, except one less smile in a restaurant with more than enough to go around.

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      Walters RE: howard 1st Aug 7, 2008 02:03 PM

      Howard, Nancy did report this. It sounded like an amenable arrangement that everyone was happy with. Now, see if you can confirm the ugly, underground rumor that Shiro has secretly sold his restaurant.

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        barleywino RE: Walters Aug 8, 2008 09:38 AM

        There is a new chef coming on board at Shiro according to our server there, they will be changing up the menu (sadly they have already eliminated their crab cream croquette which was unique in this area afaik)

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        howard 1st RE: howard 1st Aug 8, 2008 09:18 AM

        sorry, gang, but this was not intended to be a scoop or an exclusive and, in any case, i stopped reading ms. leson's diatribes some time ago. btw, according to the papers filed at the market, matt was previously a 100% owner (no partners) and the present owner, a longtime employee, formed a new llc and is now a 100% owner.

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          choweater RE: howard 1st Aug 8, 2008 12:17 PM

          howard- the present owner was not a longtime (only since remodel) employee, but a former customer and Pike Market fish flinger, Dan Bugge.

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            barleywino RE: choweater Aug 8, 2008 01:28 PM

            i do remember Dan as an employee from before the remodel, not that it matters either way...his wife was an employee first iirc then Dan came on board at some point

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