Del Posto's Cruz Goler to Take Over Lupa

Lupa: no changes plannedever!Photo courtesy Lupa

To everything, turn, turn, turn. And so we turn to Lupa! First, a recap: As we reported last month, owner Jason Denton's mighty sword tapped the shoulders of Lupa chef Steve Connaughton, who will head Denton's as-yet unnamed new venture in Gramercy Park. But Lupa's loyal (er, cultlike) customers can rest easy in the knowledge that though the maestro is leaving in December, he'll be replaced by a damn safe bet: Cruz Goler. A ten-year Batali veteran, Goler was the right-hand man of Lupas original chef, Mark Ladner, and followed the latter to Del Posto, where Goler was his go-to guy in the kitchen. They like to keep it in the family, you see.

Denton tells us that Goler can be counted upon to keep Lupa just the way its always been: Were happy with Lupa, and Cruz will have the same Roman approach weve taken all along. Phew, exhale. And while we had Denton's ear, we thought wed take the opportunity to ask him if the frequently rumored Lupa spinoff was ever going to take place. I dont think so, he said. We like it just the way it is, where it is. Fair enough: Lupa certainly isn't broke, so no need to fix it.

Earlier: Jason Denton Pulls Lupa Chef for New Gramercy Venture