Earlier today there were chef rumblings at Allen & Delancey, and now there’s official word that Sam Mason has left that other bankrupt restaurant, Tailor. In fact, he’s been gone for months. It’s not surprising, given that the dining room didn’t reopen in September as planned (a spot check just minutes ago indicated that the bar room is still open and serving cocktails by departed mixologist Eben Freeman). And we knew that Mason was focusing on other things. Nevertheless, here’s the wunderkind’s good-bye, via an eGullet thread.
I would like to take this chance to thank everyone for their support and kind words, but it's no surprise for me to say that I (sam mason) am no longer a part of Tailor restaurant. I left about 3 months ago, and tried to let them get a game plan together before I announced my departure. I really loved my restaurant and pour my everything into it, but sadly it was not meant to be. It was great to have a venue to show how I was trying to bridge the gap of sweet and savory dishes, and I think with the help of a great staff we succeeded. I am currently working hard on my T.V. series , and by no means plan on it being my only creative outlet. I do plan to start a new venture soon. I hope to see you under another topic then as well.
Hopefully this won’t be our final farewell, but for all those who will miss seeing him in the dining room and don’t own a TV, enjoy this slideshow of Chef Mason, circa the Launch.