The remaining front of the house manager of Genoa, who used to be the bar manager was laid off yesterday. From my experience, things have been very slow at the restaurant. A friend of mine was there a few weeks ago, and said she didn’t think the Genoa kitchen was even open, but rather the food was being cooked on the Accanto side. This was on a Thursday. I’ve held my review until Daniel Mondok has settled in as Sous, to see if it has any impact on the food, but will post in the first week of February.
There have been a few changes at Tabla too. After the closure of Ten01 left owner Adam Berger in a financial pinch, he decided to take over the daily management of Tabla. This means that long-term general manager Michael Garofola was let go.
This is unfortunate, as he had helmed Tabla through it’s most successful years, building the restaurant’s reputation for both food and wine, but it seems Adam’s hand was forced. The decision means that he can save one of the biggest salaries, and more importantly, draw one for himself. I can’t imagine it was an easy decision, but most likely a necessary one. My heart goes out to all those who are affected.
The wine leftover from Ten01 will be brought over to Tabla, and made available until it sells. This may take a while. It is made up of a very impressive selection of heavy hitters that command attention and inspire awe, but in reality, few people, especially Portlanders, may want to purchase them.