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Nate Appleman out at A16 & SPQR

Shane Greenwood Jul 15, 2009 09:30 PM

He isn't saying what his plans are but hinted that it could be out of the area. Here's the story:


  1. beatricechefinthecity Jul 15, 2009 11:15 PM

    He's one of the "top 10 chefs" of 2009 in Food & Wine Magazine - and he says he's opening an a16 in... tokyo??? i believe that was it! i couldn't find it on the website but maybe someone else will be able to...


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    1. re: beatricechefinthecity
      Shane Greenwood Jul 16, 2009 05:42 AM

      I'm sure he's getting offers from all over the place. Winning a James Beard Award will do that I guess. A16 and SPQR are promoting from within and the article mentions that they are going to tweak SPQR. We'll have to keep an eye on these places. It's hard to imagine them getting better, but hopefully they can maintain.

      1. re: Shane Greenwood
        Amy G Jul 16, 2009 08:02 AM

        A16 will be fine. Liza Shaw has been cooking there since Christophe Hille opened the restaurant. A16 did not decline when Hille left and will not decline with Appleman leaving because Shaw's steady hand has been there throughout. Appleman has not really overseen or cooked at A16 for nearly two years according to a friend's room mate who works there. So A16 will stay the same. According to my friend, Tokyo is still happening but it is a joint venture with a Japanese company and the remaining partners.

        SPQR is a different story. The food was never as consistent and always seemed to be shakier. I hope it can turn itself around.

    2. Shane Greenwood Jul 15, 2009 09:42 PM

      adding links

      2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

      1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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