Note that Mark Miller has finally sold his venerable Santa Fe restaurant to a partnership of four people, three of whom have over the years been involved with the restaurant.
Quinn Stephenson who was Beverage Director returns. Others are Sara Chapman, Tori Mendes and - here's the surprise - Eric Di Stefano. Di Stefano has been the Executive Chef at Geronimo for the past 12 years but apparently was not a partner.
Sara Chapman is married to Di Stefano. She and Quinn Stephenson both started their restaurant careers working for Miller as bussers at Coyote. Tori Mendes has been managing Coyote for the last three years. Previously she was at the old Palace Restaurant for 11 years.
All live in Santa Fe and know the Coyote Cafe well and say they'll be on the premises full time. Hopefully this will address some of the negatives that have been posted about.
Di Stefano says he'll have a new menu going within weeks; Southwestern but with more of a "fusion" take which is what he is known for. He also expects to be on the very visible line cooking where guests will be able to observe up close from the seats at the counter.
Mark Miller as part of the sale is to be around monthly to cook, too and counsel (whatever that means).
More to come and I for one hope the early reports are good.
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