“I wish them all the best,” Aldrich said of Tiny Lou’s. “They have a great team.”
“Due to Covid, hotel ownership has made the decision to take all food and beverage operations in-house,” Indigo Road founder Steve Palmer told the AJC in an email. “I am grateful to have been a part of the hotel opening and in the creation of Tiny Lou’s. Working at the historic Clermont property, especially with such a talented team, was a great experience and I wish them continued success. Following the recent changes, we are looking at opportunities for former executive chef Jeb Aldrich and pastry chef Claudia Martinez, both long-term members of the Indigo Road team, to continue to be a part of our restaurant family.”
Aldrich and Martinez both made their mark during their time at Tiny Lou’s, with Aldrich “drawing up a selection of inventive options, American in spirit and heavily influenced by French style and technique,” according to a 2018 AJC review.
Martinez was named a 2020 James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef and was among the culinarians honored on the 2019 Eater Young Guns list.
Remaining Indigo Road restaurants in metro Atlanta include O-Ku, Sukoshi, Colletta and Oak Steakhouse. The group also operates restaurants in Tennessee, Washington D.C., North Carolina and South Carolina. West Midtown restaurant Donetto closed earlier this year.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has requested more information on the Tiny Lou’s change from Oliver Hotels group.
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