“It was more about this opportunity than me wanting to leave Bacchanalia,” Schafer said of the job change. “Lately I’ve been thinking about what I am going to do next. I enjoyed Bacchanalia. I didn’t have real plans of leaving. I’ve been in the industry 22 years, the majority at independent, nice restaurants. It wasn’t on my radar yet to open my own place but I wanted to go do something else. Coincidentally, that’s when I got the phone call about this.”
When he takes up his new role in early August, Schafer will oversee all culinary operations at Philips Arena – from food service for suites to concessions throughout the venue. “It’s definitely not tweezer food,” Schafer said, comparing eats at Philips to the sophisticated, highly composed New American fare served up at Bacchanalia.