Nate Smith Leaves Dean Street

A little more than a month after he helped open Dean Street, Nate Smith has parted ways with the restaurant.

The restaurant's owners, John Longo and Rob Gelardi, posted the following message on the restaurant's Facebook page almost an hour ago:


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Having dined at Dean Street last Thursday, we wondered why Smith, a well-regarded Spotted Pig alum whose involvement in the restaurant helped fuel a good deal of hype, didn't appear to be in the kitchen. This would seem to be the answer.

According to one source, the owners didn't want Dean Street to be a fancy restaurant but instead a regular pub, putting Smith's somewhat refined fare at odds with their vision.

A couple of Facebook users have already registered their disapproval with the development. One particularly vitriolic comment reads "This place is sure to be the ordinary corner pub the owners envision it to be. way to fuck yourselves." Whether the owners will continue to draw crowds to a relatively remote corner of Prospect Heights without Smith's name remains to be seen, but we're holding out hope that even if he's no longer there, his curried cauliflower will be.


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BJ
BJ

Been to Dean Street both before and after Smith's tenure.  The food, service and ambience remain top notch, though now the joint somehow feels more welcoming and relaxed.  

The new menu items like crab cakes and fried corn on the cob are as good as anything on the original menu and the free homemade bar munchies plus free professional live jazz and blues music on Monday and Wednesdays makes Dean Street a go-to destination for any mood.

Doug
Doug

i'm sure they will be "closed for good" in a few more weeks.

Jazzy
Jazzy

its like killing the golden goose...

KTE
KTE

boo dean street. yay nate smith. i will follow nate. will not follow dean street.

kenny eng
kenny eng

fact: the place was often out of several menu items at dinner. why is that?

fact: my pork shoulder sandwich was pretty bland and flavorless.

fact: the place has been pretty crowded ever since opening.. apparently good food, or the availability of food is not really a prerequisite for crowds..

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JoJo
JoJo

The person who wrote that vitriolic comment is a friend of Nate Smith. So from that standpoint, I completely understand her sentiments, however vulgar they are. With that said, any reasonably intelligent person would have to surmise that indeed there must be some serious backstory to the parting of the ways. Generally speaking, there are always two sides to every story and usually somewhere in the middle lies the truth. So once the dust settles and the gossip dies down, I believe that Dean Street will continue to be an amazing local spot and Nate's career will no doubt continue to thrive wherever he lands. So for all those who choose to spew more vitrol, I beg you to please just take a breath and think before you hit the Post button. And go eat at Dean Street and to wherever Nate ends up...life is short, things happen for a reason and there's no need to put out angry comments into the world......

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