Douglas Rodriguez May Be Headed to Sapa

You can't get away from New York, Doug!
You can’t get away from New York, Doug!Photo: Patrick McMullan

Sources near Sapa tell us that the French-Vietnamese restaurant, formerly helmed by Patrica Yeo, may be bringing Nuevo Latino pioneer Douglas Rodriguez onboard to head the kitchen. Rodriguez has been out of the picture in New York since the days of Chicama and Pipa, but he’s been busy with restaurants in Chicago, Miami, Arizona, and Philly. We doubt he would be in the kitchen every night — this sounds like a consulting gig — but who can say? Sapa’s publicist would neither confirm nor deny Rodriguez’s possible involvement, saying only, “We’re always looking for great chefs.”