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Bina Osteria loses its exec chef

Restaurant just confirmed a rumor I originally saw on Yelp: Exec Chef Brian Konefal has left Bina. Azita Bina is running the kitchen, I'm guessing temporarily while they look for a replacement.

That's kind of surprising to me. I imagine they invested a lot in bringing him aboard, and the reviews have been strong. I liked his cooking, even forgave him his penchant for foams.

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    1. One source tells me the move was in keeping with owners' desire to move a bit downscale in keeping with the economy, which is clearly not Konefal's bailiwick. Among other changes, expect a new lower-priced prix fixe menu. (I must admit, the prices did keep me from visiting more often.)

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      1. I'm also assuming that his wife who was the pastry chef left also? This is very surprising, I hope the replacement keeps the kitchen running at a high standard because this is one of my favorite places to eat in the city currently, a great addition to the neighborhood.

        1. I find it hard to believe that they invested much in him, other than to their publicist. They don't have enough seats to pay a chef big bucks, and I doubt they're a S corp, so their investors probably want to see a profit.

          1. Any word on where he might be going? I see that he came from NYC. It would be nice if he stayed in Boston as I really liked the food at Bina (not so much the prices or decor).

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            1. re: Suze123

              It would be great to eat that carbonara one last time.