That was the first time I'd seen the news in public, that the Wolfgang Puck contract had not been renewed had been a bubbling rumor for quite awhile (no doubt due to the fact that those competing for the contract were allowed to walk through the kitchen and check stuff out during service.) Line cooks can be worse than a sewing circle.
For a while we'd heard that the front runner was a local ... and who could that be? Who could be big enough to handle a major operation and such a dynamic space. The Crave boys are busy enough, it's not really a Parasole kind of project, so that leaves...BINGO ... D'Amico has officially announced that they will be taking over the project.
The Wolfgang Puck camp told me how proud they have been to partner with the Walker and support the museum through tough economic times. They mentioned that as they continue to grow, "WPC remains open to future opportunities in Minneapolis."
Their last day of service will be March 12.
Sometime after that, D'Amico plans to launch a concept called Gather, a globally inspired New American restaurant that will operate for lunch only. Yes, lunch only, like in the old days. Thursday evenings will feature the only nightime service, and there are plans to bring in other local chefs for a monthly bar menu collaboration. So huzzah, the D'Amico marches on.
But what about Asher Miller? Is there room for him in the D'Amico family? If you could pick your family, is that the one to choose? I still haven't been able to get a hold of him, but friends think he's going to stay. I personally hope so, I rather think he's one of the undersung, and a good guy to boot. Maybe we can hope that if not there, then somewhere else where his name can fit more prominently on the menu.
And what about Wolfgang? Should we all be pulling out our hair at another celebrity chef pulling up the stakes? I feel like that will be the Twitter fodder for a bit.