Sam Hazen Will Give Veritas a Makeover, But Keep the Wine List

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Even though Veritas closed and fired its staff at the end of August, the restaurant will indeed rise from its ashes. But who has taken over the lease? We now hear that Sam Hazen, who left as chef of Tao in April and opened Lucy’s Mexican Cantina under his newly formed Sam Hazen Management group, plans to reopen the restaurant in November. “The menu will be more casual than it was before,” said a rep for Hazen. “The food will be Contemporary American with less of a French influence, but the wine list is untouched.”

Correction and Update: Reps say Sam Hazen was not involved in the opening of Lucy's Mexican Cantina. They also send the following.

Veritas will re-open this November under Executive Chef and owner Sam Hazen. The new Veritas will be more accessible, offering à la carte and bar menus. Chef Hazen’s cuisine will be contemporary American, inspired by seasonal ingredients and wine compatibility. An approachable wine program, including a broad selection of wines under $50 and wines by the glass, will complement Veritas’ unparalleled wine cellar. The space will be revamped by crème design, extending bar capacity and opening up the dining room. With his new venture at Veritas, Chef Hazen is returning to his roots, running an intimate restaurant that will cater to everyday dining and special occasions.