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MidTown Kitchen, delayed by fire, names chef

MidTown Kitchen, delayed by fire, has announced its chef.

The restaurant, expanding the former Nektar space at 451 Elmwood Ave., will have Adrian Bylewski leading its kitchen. At 25, Bylewski has worked in the kitchens of Hutch’s and Tabree. Bylewski will aim to use the “best possible locally-sourced ingredients to make food that has nostalgic value, using big, familiar flavors with a blend of modern and classic cooking techniques,” said MidTown partner Charles Barone.

Bylewski’s talents will help MidTown Kitchen present a “comfortable, fun” menu meant for sharing and informal gatherings, Barone said.

He will have time to work on his menu, as construction on the restaurant was halted by a Jan. 16 fire that caused heavy smoke damage. Cleanup begins today, with construction to resume soon, Barone said.

“Our contractors have reassessed everything, materials have been ordered, and a restoration crew is on standby,” Barone said. At this point, he said, he hopes to have the restaurant open before the end of May. “This was an unfortunate setback, but our vision has remained as it was from the beginning.”

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