Here’s the latest on the changes at Olympia Provisions. What I’ve been told is that Jason’s partners wanted to secure the old Carlyle space for wholesale production (which they did). Jason felt like it was too early, so they bought him out. Another source says there is considerable rancor in the ranks over the changes. It will be interesting to see how much this effects not only the food but the restaurant in general, as many people seem to go there just because they liked Jason so much.
ORIGINAL POST: A good source tells me that Jason Barwikowski and his sous chef are both out of the oh-so-hot Olympia Provisions. According to the rumor, owner Nate Tilden had to bring some people over from Clyde Common to fill in. I’ve sent out a few requests for comments, but they have gone unanswered. Maybe a local gumshoe can chase this down.
Note: The name on all “Olympic Provisions” stories have been changed to reflect the new name, Olympia Provisions.
Hmm. Mr. Barwikowski was always kind to my dining partners and me when we’d sit at the bar and ask questions. I’m going there for lunch today and will report back if I learn anything.
Food Dude says
Thanks! The rumor is now confirmed. According to several people, Jason’s partners wanted to secure the old Carlyle space for wholesale production (which they did) Jason felt like it was too early, so they bought him out.
yeah, learned about this yesterday. Another investor stepped in and I got the impression she and Elias were pushing Jason and Karly out. I hope it’s nothing hostile because they’re all good people, and talented. But I have to say, Karly and Jason are the most liked people there IMO, and I hope it doesn’t affect what many are calling the best overall restaurant in town at this time. O.P. is a great idea and is well executed. I hope it doesn’t get… executed.
Pearl District says
This place has many partners, and things fall apart when that happens. Let’s not read much into this. Nate Tilden and Jason B. are both great people and everyone should wish them the best of luck. As for the food going downhill, that’s just not going to happen. They still have the best charcuterie program in town, and there is enough vision here to weather the storm. It will be exciting to see where Jason lands. He’s a good chef.