Branch 27 (1371 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-850-2700), the West Town American bistro that opened this past April: Chef Bob Zrenner is leaving on November 19th and will be replaced by John Manion, lately of Goose Island Brewpub. “They want me to take…">
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Big news over at Branch 27 (1371 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-850-2700), the West Town American bistro that opened this past April: Chef Bob Zrenner is leaving on November 19th and will be replaced by John Manion, lately of Goose Island Brewpub. “They want me to take…

Big news over at Branch 27 (1371 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-850-2700), the West Town American bistro that opened this past April: Chef Bob Zrenner is leaving on November 19th and will be replaced by John Manion, lately of Goose Island Brewpub. “They want me to take it in a more neighborhood-contemporary direction,” says Manion, who made his name at the South American standout, Mas, in the nineties. “Put it this way: I’m not looking at their old menu. I submitted something to them and they liked it. But the food always comes together organically. You can sit in a coffee shop and write a menu in two hours, but when you get into the kitchen, it all changes.” So, going forward: 1) Zrenner is taking a restaurant consulting position elsewhere “to help out a friend;” 2) Manion will remain at Goose Island through Thanksgiving; 3) Goose’s owner, John Hall, says he has two internal candidates in mind to fill Manion’s position and keep his menu alive; and 4) Branch 27 will close November 22nd for a quickie remodel and reopen on December 3rd with lower prices and what its owner, Cary Michael, calls “a layer of freshness.” Got all that?

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