While he found it in his best interest to move on from Seven Lamps, Van Leuvan said that he will especially miss his staff. “I have lots of people who have been there for all eight years, which doesn’t really happen very much.”
Seven Lamps executive chef Drew Van Leuvan (right) and the restaurant's bar manager and general manager Vinnie Dugan pause from filling Easter brunch to-go orders earlier this year.
Courtesy of Drew Van Leuvan
The announcement comes after weeks of planning the transition. “The restaurant is not closing. It’s just transitioning,” he reiterated.
Robert Rambo has been hired as Seven Lamps executive chef. Rambo previously ran the kitchen at Alma Cocina downtown, which restaurant remains closed during the pandemic.
The patio at Seven Lamps in Buckhead.
Courtesy of Seven Lamps
The rest of the Seven Lamps ownership group will remain. That group also operates Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Hearth Pizza Tavern, Howell’s Kitchen & Bar, Parma Tavern, Atwoods Pizza Cafe and Tavernpointe. The latter has yet to re-open after temporarily closing due to COVID-19.
Speaking from a family cabin in the mountains of North Carolina, Van Leuvan stated that he will take some time to formulate his next career move. “I’m going to use this time to reflect,” said the 2000 Culinary Institute of America graduate who apprenticed under esteemed chefs like Jean Louis Palladin, Guenter Seeger and Wylie Dufresne, and has run kitchens at some of Atlanta’s most well-known dining establishments.
“For the first time in my life, actually, I can think. Maybe read a few books,” he said. “It is really nice up in the mountains right now.”
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