When you have as many restaurants opening as Scott Harris, it’s no real surprise that one wouldn’t quite go to plan. Still, this one is really unexpected. Back in September, Harris announced that he was going to resurrect Gennaro’s, a classic Italian restaurant that had closed the previous year. He did the right thing and brought in the same chef, Mary Jo Gennaro, and decided to keep the menu the same. Done, right? Well, apparently some family members protested.
According Time Out, someone in Mary Jo Gennaro’s family disliked the use of the name. So now the project is called Salatino’s. Where did that name come from? Well, apparently it’s the last name of one of the corporate chefs at Mia Francesca’s (which Harris also owns). The chef doesn’t seem to have any involvement with the project. Basically, the name sounds Italian, and that’s good enough.
Luckily, even though the name has changed, everything else with the project is still a go. Salatino’s is slated to open in Mid-December.
Gennaro’s will now be called Salatino’s [Time Out Chicago]