Corner Office gets some new blood

Just got off the phone with manager Michael Torres of the Corner Office, talking about the new man behind the burners at that most Mad Men-y of restaurants at the Curtis.

Carlos Ruiz (most recently ex of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, making him well-versed in both hotel cookery and avoiding snow-mad, axe-wielding Jack Nicholsons) is now in the post recently vacated by Jeff Bolton, who took his game across town to another Sage Restaurant Group operation--Second Home.

While the menu at Corner Office is unchanged for the moment, Torres says that Ruiz is "working on a new one," so look for a switch come January.

I'm hoping that Ruiz doesn't mess too heavily with the good thing that the Corner Office has going. I was a big fan of the jumbled-up, borderless and slickly modern breakfast-and-dinner mash-up being done there when I first reviewed the place, and remain so today.

So while I understand that Ruiz wants to put his mark on the menu, he'd be smart not to push too heavily.

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