Selby out. Restaurant closed for a week. Wassup?
The Corner House opened early this year with chef Matt Selby heading the kitchen and actually cooking, having left Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben’s and Ace to do get back into the kitchen. Great reviews (Click here for mine). Accolades. Press coverage.
And now comes this surprising but unenlightening press release, which I post in its entirety:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Corner House and Chef Matt Selby have amicably parted ways. CH’s partners say, “We respect Chef Selby’s innovative cuisine and thank him for helping get Corner House established; we’ve decided it is best to move in a different direction with our restaurant at this time, and wish Chef Selby the best in his future professional endeavors”. The partners will be steering the restaurant back on its original course of providing a space where the food, atmosphere and prices are in line with what a community expects from their neighborhood bistro, and are looking forward to welcoming everyone back in for a comfortable, warm experience of delicious food and drinks.
Please note: Corner House is closed for the week to give new management time to look over the food and drink menus and will open again for dinner service on Tuesday, December 3rd at 4pm.
HOURS: Tues-Fri 4-10pm & Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm
How sudden was this split? Very sudden. Today’s “Best Bites” selection on 5280 magazine’s weekly online Table Talk featured Matt Selby’s Chicken Thigh recipe. The recipe was published around 1:30 this afternoon, and the press release appeared in my inbox about three hours later. When you go to the restaurant’s website and click on Our Team, not one name comes up. I question the veracity of the word “amicably.” Selby’s menu is still online, but that will surely change shortly. I expect that local restaurant sleuths will have more info tomorrow, but meanwhile, count me among those whose jaws dropped.