Looks like the Brandon Baltzley’s chapter in Mado is over. According Rock ‘n Roll Ghost, Baltzley and owner, Dave Richards, had “differing opinions on what the space was worth.” He had been brought on as executive chef in November, after Rob and Allie Levitt left to open Butcher & Larder. Balztley quit a month later after Richards had wanted him to cut the hours of his staff. There is no word on whether Richards will keep Mado open, find a new chef, or simply shut it down. So what’s next for Baltzley?
It’s kind of hard to say. Talking to Rock ‘n Roll Ghost, he claims that he has been approached about jobs on the East Coast, but he probably won’t leave right now: “I am not done with Chicago yet. Besides, I don’t think Chicago is done making an ass of me. My experience in Chicago has been humbling, to say the least, and I like that.” He’s currently looking around for other spaces.
Exclusive: Brandon Baltzley’s Move To Acquire Chicago’s Mado Officially Over [Rock ‘N Roll Ghost]