Kris Morningstar Leaves District and Mercantile, Plus Two Ideas For His Next Gig

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Kris Morningstar has left George Abou-Daoud’s buildings! The talented toque disclosed the news yesterday to Chow Balla, the new venture from former Eater/Tasting Table L.A. editrix and recent Grub-sub, Lesley Balla. In a statement, Morningstar gives the typical courtesy shout-out that "It’s been a wonderful experience the past 2 years being associated with Bowery St. Enterprises." He also announces that his right-hand man, Kevin Napier, will take over at District and Mercantile as exec chef; a man both Balla and Morningstar deem quite capable of filling his sizable shoes. So what’s to become of Morningstar?

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Morningstar Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Chef Shuffles: Kris Morningstar Leaves District, Mercantile [Chow Balla]
Earlier: George Abou-Daoud Tells Us About The Mercantile, Open Soon in Hollywood [Grub Street]

It’s been a wonderful experience the past 2 years being associated with Bowery St. Enterprises. I am leaving and I am looking forward to pursuing other endeavors. It is a pleasure to have my number one Kevin Napier be my successor for District & Mercantile. Kevin has been a valued friend the past two and half years. He is very talented and has a great palate and food sensibilities. He has been behind the scenes for a long time and I am excited to see what happens for him as a chef.

Chef Shuffles: Kris Morningstar Leaves District, Mercantile [Chow Balla]
Earlier: George Abou-Daoud Tells Us About The Mercantile, Open Soon in Hollywood [Grub Street]