Aug. 18 the last day for Chef Mike Phillips at the Craftsman. No details yet on who is replacing him. Via email, he writes: “I am leaving the Craftsman on the 18th of this month and starting down the road to meat production here.” He promised a press release early next week with details. Phillips has done a much-lauded job at the restaurant; among other things, the Washington Post praised his efforts here; we awarded him our first annual Silver Whisk for Best Chef.
UPDATE, Aug. 9: Phillips will be working as a subsidiary of Cara Pubs, the group that runs Kieran’s and The Local, among others. The name of the new company will be Green Ox. Per the press release: “Our long-term objective is to develop Green Ox into a brand that gives our region an artisan food product with far ranging retail distribution.”
SECOND UPDATE, Aug. 9: We interviewed Phillips about his new venture.