Michael Citarella, who left his position as the chef at Freemans three years ago, is making his return. He'll be the head chef at Monarch, which opens later this month in a former warehouse in Chelsea. The restaurant, a collaboration from Eric Marx and Lisle Richards of Metric Group, will take up two stories, and include a 10-seat oyster bar and two private dining rooms on the upper level. Citarella's menu will be "modern American," of the same sort as the fare served at Freemans, with dishes like slow-cooked pork with grits and wild striped bass with brussels sprouts. Monarch is set to open September 15.
· All Coverage of Michael Citarella [~ENY~]