Above: Chef Tag Grandgeorge has been tapped to lead the culinary team at the new Teddy Maroons bar and grill, opening in December.
By Wini Moranville
Chris Diebel has announced that Tag Grandgeorge will be the executive chef for the upcoming bar-grill Teddy Maroons, scheduled to open at 2301 Ingersoll Ave. in December.
“It’s a homecoming to Ingersoll for both of us,” says Diebel, managing partner for the new venue. Diebel and Grandgeorge first met when they worked together at ArtHouse, a refined cafe/gallery that opened in 2001 at 2811 Ingersoll Ave., where Star Bar now resides. Grandgeorge was executive chef, while Diebel worked the front-of-house.
Diebel is also the managing partner of Bubba–Southern Comforts. Most recently, Grandgeorge was chef-owner of Le Jardin, a casual-yet-refined French cafe in Beaverdale. That restaurant closed in August. Grandgeorge will be joined in the Teddy Maroon kitchen by Ashton Cross, his former sous chef at Le Jardin.
About his switch from casual-French to refined-American cuisine, Grandgeorge says, “This will be fun because American food has so many diverse regional influences. We are going to develop a unique menu inspired by familiar favorites, but filled with creative twists. Yes, we’re working on some killer burger concoctions, but this concept will be more vegetable-centric than your typical bar and grill.”
“And we won’t be sleeping on the salads,” Diebel adds. “They have to be awesome.” Case in point: According to Diebel, Tag is reworking his mango chicken salad, a popular menu item at ArtHouse.
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Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook at All Things Food–DSM.