Cory Lane, who managed the front of the house at the Momofuku restaurants for several years, has returned to the New York dining scene after a year and a half stint in California. Lane started working with Christian Pappanicholas at Resto and The Cannibal last week, and soon he will become the Director of Operations for both restaurants. He tells Eater:
Christian and I have known each other now for about 10 years. We were always moving in similar circles, and we kind of had a funky little wine tasting group. We kept in good touch, and we were talking over the last year or so. We’ve always wanted to work together and do some stuff.Pappanicholas says that with Cory on board in an operations position, it will allow them to grow the restaurant group. Expansion is a distinct possibility.
I started a wine label in California, I got that set up, and decided that I wanted to come back to New York. I missed the city and all my people here, and so we started talking.
Elsewhere in the Resto/Cannibal universe, chef Bobby Hellen is no longer in the kitchen at Resto.
Pappanicholas tells Eater:
My relationship with Bobby is as great as it’s ever been — he’s like family to me. He wanted to spend some time traveling. He's off to Spain for some time. He'd worked really hard, but I think that he needed a break.For the time being, Michael Berardino, who has been the chef at The Cannibal since the start, is overseeing both kitchens.
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