Only the Staff Gets to Eat at Chez Panisse for Now

Cal Paternell, grill man.
Cal Paternell, grill man. Photo: Facebook

As we mentioned earlier today, Chez Panisse and Chez Panisse Café aren’t going to be reopening for a while because the whole front portion of the building needs to be demo’d and rebuilt. The staff, however, are all being kept on the payroll thanks to some interruption-of-business insurance that Alice Waters purchased years back, and they’re all on hand helping with the cleanup effort. Thus, via Facebook today, we get this photo of executive chef Cal Paternell manning a grill at today’s staff lunch. One can imagine it’s going to be several weeks of pretty awesome staff lunches, in fact. [Facebook]