Chef Jan Birnbaum. Photo via EPIC’s Facebook page.
Last week I heard through the grapevine that chef Jan Birnbaum was leaving ~EPIC ROASTHOUSE~. By the time the PR team decided to confirm my fact checking, it was past my column post time, so here we are. Sadly, Birnbaum is in fact leaving after his six years at the restaurant for some much-needed rest and a travel break. While he is no longer handling day-to-day kitchen operations, he remains a partner; chef de cuisine Eric Hollis is running day-to-day operations at the restaurant in the interim. Take good care of yourself, Jan.
Meanwhile, over in the Presidio, chef-partner Joseph Humphrey has left ~DIXIE~, bringing part of his kitchen crew with him. Scoop notes managing partner Dean Tinney has brought on Erik Hopfinger as a consulting/interim chef, who is going to make the menu more casual.