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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Basso's Patrick Connolly Leaves St. Louis

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Patrick Connolly in the open kitchen at Basso. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Patrick Connolly in the open kitchen at Basso. | Jennifer Silverberg

Basso's (7036 Clayton Avenue; 314-932-7818) executive chef Patrick Connolly has left the restaurant and St. Louis, according to a release put out by the company. The critically acclaimed restaurant is downstairs from the Restaurant at the Cheshire and is currently behind helmed by its executive chef, Rex Hale.

See also: At Basso, Nationally Acclaimed Chef Patrick Connolly Pays Homage to St. Louis' Divisive Provel Cheese

Connolly, a James Beard Award-winning chef, had been with Basso for the past two years, since its opening as the gastropub sister restaurant to the Restaurant and Cheshire lounge Fox & Hounds. The statement also said that Connolly is going to Philadelphia to help a friend open a restaurant following his late December departure.

"It was so great to have Patrick lead our Basso team from the start. He crafted the menu -- tweaking and retooling it with every season -- and shaped the Basso experience from the ground up," owner Steve O'Loughlin said. "His departure is a loss, but we are confident the foundation he has built at Basso will carry on."

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