opening up his own restaurant: Crown Cooks. Taking over the former Grappa space, the upcoming College Street eatery will be turning out tapas-style sharing dishes in addition to a late-night menu — both influenced by van Gameren’s recent European jaunt.">

Grant van Gameren takes on Brandon Olsen as chef de cuisine at Crown Cooks


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Fans of Grant van Gameren likely know that come January (we hope), the renowned chef will be opening up his own restaurant: Crown Cooks. Taking over the former Grappa space on College Street, the upcoming eatery will be turning out tapas-style sharing dishes in addition to a late-night menu — both influenced by van Gameren’s recent European jaunt.

What we didn’t know, however, is that Brandon Olsen, who recently left his gig as The Black Hoof’s head chef, will be joining Crown Cooks as chef de cuisine.

“Brandon worked with me at The Hoof,” van Gameren says, “and I’m excited to work with him again. He’s a super talented individual.”

Having also been hit by the travel bug, Olsen is currently off doing his own thing, but he’ll be back in time to get the restaurant up and running.

With Crown Cooks already destined to be a hot ticket, we can only imagine what the pairing will do for the place. Good thing it’ll be taking reservations.

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