Chef Todd Allison has apparently bolted from Downtown’s Checker’s. The news arrives this morning from down south, with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reporting that Allison is now manning the stoves at a Downtown San Diego restaurant and music venue named Anthology. Allison, a gifted veteran of Michael Mina’s empire, revitalized the menus at Checker’s, where ole man Keller himself once cooked, with gorgeous plates of seasonally influenced cuisine. Sadly, the restaurant and hotel bar were typically much more empty than his cooking deserved, likely overshadowed by the boom of trendy new Downtown food and drink projects. It’s hard to picture Checker’s bouncing back without a big name to follow Allison’s departure, so stay tuned for updates on its fate.
Anthology’s new executive chef Todd Allison shares recipe for prawn skewers [San Diego Gay and Lesbian News]