Isa’s Entire Kitchen Staff Is Out, Revamp Unclear [Updated]

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Isa is a-changing.
Isa is a-changing. Photo: Danny Kim

The details are still trickling in, but it appears that Isa — which most people thought was wonderful as is/was — has cleaned out the entire kitchen, including the restaurant’s well-respected chef Ignacio Mattos, under the direction of owner Taavo Somer. The restaurant is currently closed until Thursday, and there are postings on Craigslist for all positions behind-the-stove.

Isa is a-changing.
Isa is a-changing. Photo: Danny Kim

Grub Street has reached out to Somer and Mattos, and will keep you informed. Meanwhile, Isa’s (former) sous chef Jose Ramirez tweeted about "the great feeling of ‘unexpectedly’ loosing [sic] ur Job!" and also that management was turning the unique Isa into "another grilling, burger, pizza joint." All good things come to an end … but Taavo … so soon?! [Eater NY]

Update: Somer says the new menu will be more casual and heavily focused on wood-roasting and grilling.