Chicago mixologist Michael Simon, formerly of Michelin-starred Graham Elliot and the Carriage House and The Bedford, is officially in as bar manager at Paul Qui's east side flagship restaurant, Qui. Per a press release sent this morning:
"The kinship with Chef Qui's creativity, drive, and overall philosophy resonates powerfully with my own. At this point in my career it wasn't a matter of deciding to come here, but rather asking myself how quickly I can come work for this man," says Simon.Simon's earned a reputation for being rather cheeky—he told Eater Chicago that he left the Carriage House over "debates on seasonal cornbread toppings"—and Qui general manager June Rodil calls him "creative, crafty, and a little crazy, while remaining truly open-minded to the possibilities."
Michael Simon. [Photo: Eric Morales]