The Church Street Cafe, under construction on the spot of the old Midtown Diner, has scored a major coup in the local restaurant scene with the hiring of Jamie Knott, currently sous chef at the fabulously-popular Fascino restaurant, as its executive chef.
“I wasn’t expecting to get such a great talent out of the gate,” says owner Greg Spinelli, who describes the menu as “new American cuisine,” which he admits is in the “same ballpark” as the fare offered at Raymond’s, down the street.
Ryan DePersio, executive chef and partner at Fascino’s, had only nice things to say about Knott, who leaves Aug. 14: “He definitely helped build the Fascino kitchen and will be a huge benefit to any person who provides him with his own creative control.”
Knott will have three days after leaving Fascino to get Church Street Cafe ready for its lunchtime opening date of Aug. 17, a Tuesday. Spinelli hopes to have the restaurant open for dinner a few weeks later.
Improvements on the old Midtown Diner include new floors, wall and everything else — including exposed brick columns, an upstairs dining room (to open around October) and (Spinelli promises) really cool bathrooms.