Chef Change at Comstock Saloon


Photo: © 2010 Liza Gershman.

Last month we mentioned the upcoming changes to ~COMSTOCK SALOON~’s dining room, and now a second change has just occurred: opening chef Carlo Espinas and Comstock have parted ways. Starting next week at the restaurant is chef Ronnie New, most recently at Magnolia. He will begin retooling the menu, and the plan is to launch the new menu the Friday after Thanksgiving, which will also be the launch of the new bar in the dining room (and all the tables are going to be converted to high-top tables, making the room feel more bar-like).

The Comstock menu will be leaning into more of a gastropub feel. Oysters on the half shell and a burger will be making appearances, plus housemade sausage and charcuterie, and a version of Ronnie’s fried chicken (available nightly) are likely additions. Comstock’s potpie may get some tweaks, and the pickling program will stay in effect. The changes will be gradual over the coming weeks, but one plan is to have the same menu available from 4pm until 12am (it currently switches from a bar menu to full menu and then back to bar menu late at night). Stand by for news on where the talented Espinas lands next, and who will be replacing New at Magnolia.