Dave Chang—man of the year, Mayor of the East Village, keeper of the bo ssam, ice cream shoppe king (he could if he wanted to)—writes us today with news from his growing empire. He's made some personnel changes at all three of his East Village restaurants, including the unopened Momofuku Ko (currently on a track for February/March), where Peter Serpico has been named a chef/partner. From here, we better to go directly to his note, which arrived on Chang brand letterhead, sealed with an orange peach embossed into melted orange wax.
We're growing. And as Ko gets closer to completion, it's clear some of us need to step aside and let the real talent shine. I am stepping off to work on new restaurant projects, Quino is working on his own concepts, and the guys who have been quietly running the show are now going to take ownership of the restaurants and command of the kitchens. It's something we've been planning for a long time (we are not leaving momofuku).
Tien "I love Paul Bocuse!" Ho will be chef-partner at Ssam Bar.
Kevin Pemoulie, chairman of the Larry Bird fan club, will be chef-partner at Noodle Bar with Scott Garfinkel, fifth line goalie of the New York Islanders.
Officer Peter Serpico will be chef-partner of the soon to be opened Ko.
You will still see us in the kitchen, but Tien, Kev, Scott and Serpico are really partners and are officially running the show. I think the changes are going to make the food better and keep our menus and ideas fresh.
Thanks for the support,