Chef Anita Lo is now the sole owner of Annisa after buying out longtime partner and GM Jennifer Scism. "Anita and I made an agreement that if I stayed and helped rebuild Annisa, trained the new staff and worked with the old, that she would buy me out of my half of the restaurant," Scism told Diner's Journal. She's leaving New York to join her husband at their home in Maine, where she's returned every weekend for almost four years. Gregory Fellows will assume front-of-the-house duties in addition to being Annisa's wine director. Michael Cherry will manage the office. Scism said she made the decision to leave the city while trying to resurrect the restaurant after last year's fire. She and Lo still plan to collaborate on a cookbook.
Annisa Loses Its Host, and an Owner [Diner's Journal/NYT]