Odd that we get this news so far in advance – Imperial Chef Ben Bettinger is leaving the restaurants Imperial and Portland Penny Diner this August. According to Eat Beat, Vitaly Paley will be taking over the restaurant until a replacement is found. No word on where Bettinger is headed.
Bettinger is an alumni of Paley’s Place, which he left in early 2008 to head up the kitchen at the now closed Beaker and Flask. He returned to run the kitchen at Imperial when it opened in late 2012.