Underneath the logo for Taylor Street’s Urban Union it says “Est. 1997.” The restaurant opened in January; the reference is to when chef Michael Shrader and partner Jason Chan first met, and their longtime friendship was the impetus for launching the restaurant. But now 312 Dining Diva reports that Chan is leaving his management role in the day to day operation of Urban Union. “I’m still the founder and owner, but I’m no longer the operator on a day-to-day basis,” Chan told 312DD. “It’s extremely important to me that all the customers who came to support me know that I am no longer there. I wish Urban Union all the luck in the world.” Despite stepping away from the first restaurant bearing the Urban Union name, Chan says that he’s working on a second opening using the name, Urban Union Oyster Bar, which will open later this year at Morgan and Fulton. Which should lead to endless confusion with Union Sushi Bar. [312 Dining Diva]
Jason Chan and Michael Shrader.