Chef Moves: Sante Salvoni No Longer at MAU; George Morrone in Tiburon


Mau’s bar seating. Photo: Dana Eastland. ©

After just a month of leading the helm at ~MAU~ on Valencia Street, the partners and chef Sante Salvoni have parted ways. Salvoni’s last shift was on Friday—the restaurant is currently closed while they regroup. Salvoni said the partners (Hung Dang of Tin Vietnamese in SoMa, and husband-wife team Annie Abbott and Luke Wendler) are now basically thinking of opening a second location of Tin, which features more classic, straight-ahead Vietnamese dishes (the name will potentially remain MAU, however). Salvoni was surprised by the sudden decision and is going to take some time off to regroup and plan his next move—I know I am not alone in hoping he stays in the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, I received a press release from the ~CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB~ in Tiburon announcing that chef George Morrone (Aqua, Fifth Floor, and Redwood Park, and Boca in Novato) will be acting as executive consulting chef for the club. Working with him is Joe Gentempo, previously chef de cuisine at Hog & Rocks. The space also hosts private events, so expect some quality catering for upcoming America’s Cup events.