Chef Mark Littleton, who has worked culinary magic in a tiny kitchen at Annabel Lee Tavern for almost four years, is the new chef at BistroRx in Patterson Park. He and BistroRx owner Wayne Mahaffey have revamped the menu.
The restaurant is closed today as the restaurant re-stocks its kitchen. But starting at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), Littleton will be turning out dishes like lobster cheesecake, venison sliders with Brie and Portobello mushrooms, and bison medallions for appetizers, and featuring a larger selection of entrees, including salmon, pork chops, and chicken saltimbocca.
In keeping with its neighborhood vibe, the restaurant will still be offering a variety of sandwiches, said Wayne when I talked to him on the phone this afternoon.
He and the chef are longtime friends, he said. “Mark was looking to make a move,” he continued. “I’d be a fool to pass up on it. I know what he can do.”
I also caught up with Kurt Bragunier, owner of Annabel Lee in Canton. He’s already replaced Mark with his sous chef, Howard Myers, who has been at the tavern for a year and a half. “Howard is really great,” he said. “He’s a crackerjack cook.”
The quality of food will be the same, he said, since Howard and Mark worked, “50-50 back there. … We’re fine.”