The Great Memorial Day chef purge has claimed another victim, as Jody Williams is being reported out at Morandi on Eater. There is no official statement, but the blog claims that it is “double-confirmed” direct from Keith McNally, and that the chef’s replacement is Tony Liu, of August. That makes a lot of sense, as Liu’s modern Mediterranean food has been wildly popular with demanding West Village crowds at August, and those are more or less the same people whom McNally wants to go to Morandi. Williams was considered on shaky ground after a spate of mixed reviews when the restaurant opened, but things had supposedly stabilized, and the news comes as something of a shock, at least to us. Expect official statements soon.
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