A few weeks after The Pitch ran a positive review of chef Michael Peterson's menu at Hickok's Bar & Grill, the 44-year-old chef announced that he was leaving the stylish Southwest-style saloon in the River Market and was scouting locations for his own restaurant.
touted in Fat City just two weeks ago: the space in the old Gillis Building formerly occupied by the River Market Brewing Company and, catty-corner to this, the first level of the former Merchant's Bank building, once occupied by the Hong Vuong Market.
Peterson tells Fat City that he had never committed to a long-term position at Hickok's Bar & Grill, owned by veteran restaurateur Forbes Cross.
"I was under contract for three months to do the menu, create the recipes, and to hire and train the kitchen staff," Peterson says. "Now that the contract is up, I'm in the process of looking for a location for my own restaurant."