What Ever Happened to Michael McDonald? Luxbar, It Turns Out

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Michael McDonald was a low-key guy with a high profile position— chef at One Sixty Blue, the Michael Jordan-backed popular business dining spot, to which the Nobu/Trotter’s/Everest vet brought herb gardens in the parking lot and other innovations and received good reviews for his well-crafted food. (You can see the restaurant in his heyday in this Key Ingredient from 2011.) But when One Sixty Blue closed to become, ultimately, Bill Kim’s BellyQ, McDonald disappeared from sight. Until 312DiningDiva ran into him at Luxbar. He’s been at the popular, glitzy Gold Coast spot for about the last eight months, apparently, working on bringing a little more farm-to-tableness to the comfort food menu, but keeping his presence quiet as he evolved the menu. So now you know, and probably have more of a reason to go to Luxbar than you did yesterday. [312DD]