Chef Departures and New Plans: Robin Song (Gibson) and Marc Zimmerman (Alexander's Steakhouse) Both on the Move


An array of dishes at Gibson. Photo: Alison Christiana.

I’ve been hearing rumors that chef Robin Song has departed ~GIBSON~, one of my favorite openings last year, and he confirmed he’s no longer involved in the project. As for what’s next, he’s going to enjoy some family time for now (he has a new daughter) and is formulating his next steps—of course, this talented chef has some ideas.

Last week, I learned chef Marc Zimmerman has left ~ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE~ after seven years as business development chef and executive chef of the San Francisco location, and now I’ve just been updated he has his own project in the works. He’s partnering with Rahman Berrada, a former general manager at Alexander’s, and previously at Spruce and Commis. They’re opening a project in SoMa, and the James Beard award-winning alm project (Benu, In Situ) will be designing the restaurant. The name, location, and more will be revealed as soon as the lease is signed. For now, it’s going to be a concept that is slated to have multiple locations, and they’re looking at a winter opening. I’ll keep you posted on deets.