It's official Chef Ted Stelzenmuller of Jack’s Bistro has parted ways with the restaurant Of Love & Regret in Brewer’s Hill. The split was due to “creative differences,” said co-owner Brian Strumke of Stillwater Ales.
But Brian assures me that the restaurant will still fulfill his mission to offer an evolving global menu.
I knew about this change last week, just as we were about to go to press with a review of the restaurant for our September issue. Ah, the joys of deadline changes. But Brian asked me to keep it quiet until he had worked out some necessary details for the restaurant. I did.
Brian is now ready to let everyone know about the "amicable" split with Ted and what's going to happen at Of Love & Regret.
For starters, there's a new kitchen team, which includes sous chef Keith Curley (formerly of Red Maple and Aida Bistro), who will head the kitchen, and chef Joshua Evans, whose background includes Blackbird in Chicago and Le Bec-Fin in Philly.
Currently, the menu is in a gradual transition, Brian said in an e-mail, and will have a complete revision starting in the fall. He said it will be inspired by his travels and and will reflect the Stillwater projects being released.
We can't wait.