Debbie Gold has left the Red Door Grill




Debbie Gold is ready to open new doors, but preferably not red ones.
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  • Debbie Gold is ready to open new doors, but preferably not red ones.

Tonight will mark the first New Year's Eve in 17 years that James Beard Award-winning chef Debbie Gold has not worked in a restaurant. And she got the night off in 1996 only because she was on maternity leave after the birth of her eldest daughter.

Gold, who left her high-profile position with the American Restaurant earlier this year to become a partner in a new Leawood restaurant called the Red Door Grill, left the venue two weeks ago. She's looking for a new position and isn't sure she'll stay in Kansas City.

"Yes, no, not determined," Gold says. "I'm going to have to pull out my crystal ball for this one."

Friends have suggested that Gold - who operated the popular 40 Sardines restaurant in Leawood with her former husband, chef Michael Smith - find a business partner and open her own restaurant.

"It's not as easy as that," Gold tells me. "My last business partner I had known for a span of 20 years."

When the Red Door Grill opened in May, the prototype restaurant's partners included Gary Zancanelli and Jason Gleaton. Gold says Gleaton has also left the restaurant group.

Zancanelli has not returned a phone call from The Pitch.

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