David Myers, the chef whose name is behind Comme Ca, Pizzeria Ortica and Hinoki & the Bird, announced he is leaving the company that manages those restaurants.
Myers said he is exiting David Myers Group to focus on new projects. That includes a restaurant and bar at the Marina Bay Sands luxury hotel in Singapore, set to open in early 2015. He didn't elaborate on reasons for leaving the company, nor did he have details for his new restaurant in Singapore.
"It's an opportunity for me to do something new in a place that has a lot of meaning for me, and that's exciting," said Myers, who will still be based in Los Angeles.
His travels in Asia early in his career became the foundation of his first restaurant, the erstwhile Sona, and his most recent, Hinoki & the Bird, Myers said. Kuniko Yagi, chef at Japanese- and Southeast-Asian-influenced Hinoki & the Bird, which opened last year, will remain at the restaurant.
Myers will continue to oversee his Tokyo restaurants, David Myers Cafe and Sola, which he opened in 2010.
The new restaurant at the Marina Bay Sands would join the likes of Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Pizzeria Mozza by Mario Batali, db Bistro by Daniel Boulud, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda and Sky on 57 by Justin Quek.
The Los Angeles-area restaurants will continue to be operated by David Myers Group.
Myers' departure from the restaurant group marks a new chapter in the chronicles of his empire, which formerly included Sona and the Boule bakery. Sona closed in 2010 after eight years, a Michelin star and a slew of problems with his former Swiss partners.
At the time Myers said, "Companies evolve, restaurants evolve." As does Myers.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times