Corner Restaurant has a new executive chef

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There's a new chef, Mickey Priolo, at the Corner Restaurant in Westport.  And, yes, he's changing the menu. - ANGELA C. BOND
  • Angela C. Bond
  • There's a new chef, Mickey Priolo, at the Corner Restaurant in Westport. And, yes, he's changing the menu.

The revitalized Corner Restaurant at 4059 Broadway has been open for seven months and is already introducing a new executive chef: Mickey Priolo, formerly of Bluestem and the President Hotel.

Corner co-owner Dawn Slaughter tells The Pitch that Natasha Sears, the chef who opened the new restaurant in April, sat down with Slaughter and co-owner Michael Pfeifer last month and gave her notice.

"She has three small children at home and wanted to spend more time with them," Slaughter says. "The restaurant was becoming too demanding. She had a lot on her plate."

Priolo, a Kansas City native, says he is mostly self-taught ("I trained on the job," he says) and his resume includes a brief turn as chef de partie at Bluestem and stints at the President Hotel (prior to the restaurant's becoming Providence American Kitchen last year) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Priolo says he will be making changes to the current Corner menu, but not for a month or so: "I need to get my staff in place," he says.

Priolo is also creating his first pop-up restaurant with another local chef, Rick Mullins of Gram & Dun. The $65 American-themed dinner will be held at Czar next month. But don't bother asking for reservations.

"It's already sold out," Priolo says.

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