JP's loss is Malden's gain.
According to chef Clifton Clark, "between some unforeseen financial discrepancies and a greedy landlord, it had to be done."
The good news: He's been made executive chef at Exchange Street Bistro in Malden. His late summer/fall menu will be up around mid-September, after he settles in.
It's sad for JP, which has some bright spots on its dining scene but isn't the restaurant mecca it seems it should be. It could be great for Malden, though -- particularly if Clark brings along his burgers and mac 'n' cheese.
On the upside for JP, chef Marco Suarez is in at Bon Savor. I liked the food there before, but it will be interesting to see what the former Eastern Standard chef does. For one thing, he's instituting a raw bar, which JP lacked. Also on the menu: the likes of empanadas, ceviche, steak with chimichurri, and veggie crepes.
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