Former Water Grill Chef Allyson Thurber Comes Into Vu

A view of Vu
A view of Vu Photo: Vu

In January, we learned that Marina del Rey’s Vu had lost is opening chef, Kyle Schutte, and was considering plans to change the restaurant’s concept towards more seafood-centric fare and give the space a possible new look. The restaurant denied anything solid was afoot, but let on that its new chef was one we’d probably recognize by name, though they wouldn’t tell us who it is. Mystery solved, as we learn that Allyson Thurber, the opening executive chef at Water Grill who later lead The Lobster and did a stint in Philly’s Striped Bass, is now leading the team at Vu. The restaurant also teases that exciting news is coming soon, all of which sounds consistent with a transition to a more straight-forward menu showcasing great seafood on the marina. More to come when we learn exactly what Thurber is cooking here.