Ginya Izakaya chef Hiro Endo has been named the new executive chef of Ponce de Leon Avenue restaurant 8ARM. Endo requires more than for chef Maricela Vega who departs the cafe on April 17 following just about 3 several years major the kitchen area there.
Along with cooks Yola Książczyk and Duy Huynh, Vega infused the menu at 8ARM with numerous pre-Hispanic dishes and substances and explored the roots of Vietnamese cooking by means of Huynh and Polish cuisine as a result of Książczyk. A champion of local and sustainable meals, Vega options to have on her family’s corn farming legacy in Mexico and ultimately open her have tortilleria and masa shop.
“Over the decades, 8ARM has been blessed with a gorgeous rainbow of immensely resourceful and talented folks, from a selection of backgrounds and identities,” standard supervisor Joshua Fryer claims in a geared up assertion. “There is no finer case in point than our outgoing chef Maricela Vega.”
Endo will be joined in the kitchen area by chef de delicacies Allen Suh. Suh, finest acknowledged for his well known ramen and Japanese seafood pop-ups Gato Arigato and Ronen Knife, took more than ownership of longtime Buford Highway Korean restaurant Donquixote in 2019. Thanks to insurmountable monetary issues introduced on by the pandemic, Suh ended up closing the restaurant last spring.
With Endo and Suh, the menu now shifts to a lot more Japanese-concentrated dishes, including sushi, ramen, and traditional izakaya fare, and some authentic dishes from Suh. Endo will pull double obligation, leading the kitchens at both equally 8ARM and the Berkeley Park cafe. 8ARM house owners chef Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht are also transforming the restaurant’s out of doors kitchen Sidepiece into a late-night kushiyaki/yakitori foods stand. To pair with Endo’s foods and the new menu at Sidepiece, Fryer is including normal junmai sake picks to the cocktail and natural wine lists.
8ARM will close on April 18 for about two months for employees education and a slight renovation. This consists of moving the standing rails in entrance of the cafe to the sidewalk together Ponce to improved frame the out of doors patio in the parking ton. 8ARM returns to entire ability in the dining area when it reopens in early Could, with masks required for both of those workers and patrons.
The pandemic observed 8ARM launch a CSA program supporting modest, community farms, insert a bottle shop in the wine bar, and debut its out of doors kitchen area and bar with a independent food stuff menu.
“Anyone common with Nhan Le and Skip Engelbrecht, and 8ARM as a full, is perfectly aware of our tenacity and motivation to frequently evolve and reinvent ourselves,” states Fryer. “Like an octopus, we shift our colors and adapt to challenges and thrills. When our present-day chef may possibly be leaving, and the previous Paris on Ponce making may perhaps be for sale, 8ARM is listed here to remain.”
Update, April 15, 8 a.m.: This story has been current to reflect the addition of chef Allen Suh in the kitchen.