By Elena Kadvany
About two years after taking over a large Menlo Park restaurant space to open Bradley's Fine Diner, renowned chef Bradley Ogden has pulled out of the concept, citing "philosophical" and business differences with the parent restaurant group's CEO.
The restaurant at 1165 Merrill St., across from the Caltrain station, closed as of Jan. 1, Mr. Ogden said. Signs recently appeared in the windows saying the restaurant was closed for "winter break" with no indication of when it would reopen.
Mr. Ogden said Christopher Vestal, CEO of Ogden Hospitality Group, which owned BFD in Menlo Park as well as a location in Houston, Texas, that also closed this month, will be "rebooting the restaurant under a different name and company," but he was unsure what that would be. He estimated they would reopen this spring.
Mr. Ogden said he did not know if BFD Menlo's executive chef, Lee Levig Jr., would be staying on or not.
"I've moved on because they wanted to go in a certain direction I didn't want to go," Mr. Ogden said in a phone interview Wednesday.
Two spinoff concepts in Menlo Park and Houston — Bradley's Funky Franks, a hot-dog spinoff located in the same Merrill Street space, and Funky Chicken in Houston — have also closed.
For more, see Elena Kadvany's Peninsula Foodist blog post.