Monday, March 18, 2019

The Conserva chef Matt Baldrige will helm Republic, Parks & Rec kitchens

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge Breakfast at Parks & Rec - PHOTO BY SCOTT SPELLMAN
  • Photo by Scott Spellman
  • Breakfast at Parks & Rec

Just a few months after The Conserva closed down, its chef is taking over the kitchen at downtown Detroit's Republic and Parks & Rec, The Detroit News reports.

Bladridge ran The Conserva for two years before shuttering in December over "extenuating circumstances in our families," the restaurant wrote on social media.

It'll be interesting to see how long Baldridge is at Republic, which seems to experience high turnover. Lady Of The House's Kate Williams opened the restaurant in early 2015, but quickly departed. Chef Sarah Welch replaced her before being fired in early 2017, at which point she started preparing to open Marrow. She was replaced by Allie Lyttle, who was fired in May.

Republic is located in the castle-like G.A.R. Building in downtown Detroit, and is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The adjoined Parks & Rec is one of the city's best diners, and is open daily at 8 a.m. for breakfast and lunch.

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