Andrew Balick, the former Azul sous chef who opened the Cadet Hotel's Pied a Terre in March, is no longer working at the restaurant.
"It was time to leave unfortunately," said Balick, whose last day was June 30. "From day one there were a lot of differences between the ownership and myself on how the restaurant should be run."
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Despite their differences, Balick said he and the hotel's owner, Vilma Biaggi, parted professionally. "I respect her as a business woman but we just couldn't agree," he said.
Daniela Manrique and Sadiel Rivera, who worked with Balick in the hotel's kitchen, have also left. A PR rep for Pied a Terre said Biaggi is currently interviewing chefs. No word yet on where we may find Balick next.