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Not too long ago, I wrote one of the types of articles that I hate the most — the story of a chef and a restaurant parting ways. I was particularly bummed to pen that item because the eatery where this had taken place was one many people are fond of, The Red Door in Mission Hills.

Today, however, I get to write the type of article that any glass-half-full gastronomic optimist enjoys. The story of fresh talent being brought in to a quality establishment. The Red Door has decided on the individual who will replace the departed Brian Johnston. His name is Daniel Manrique. His résumé includes entries for North Park’s Jayne’s Gastropub, where he was the executive chef, and the good-but-gone Parallel 33, which was located in the exact same spot that now houses The Red Door.

This shift will include a new focus on uber-fresh produce, some of which will be plucked from the restaurant’s garden plot at Mount Helix, plus seafood sourced from California and Baja-based companies. Manrique will also oversee kitchen operations for The Red Door’s sister restaurant, The Wellington Steak and Martini Lounge, which is located next door.

The Red Door is located at 741 Washington Street.


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