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Jeremy Shigekane, George Mavrothalassitis, Chef Mavro
Jeremy Shigekane, left, has taken over as owner of Chef Mavro from founder George Mavrothalassitis  |   Courtesy Chef Mavro

Chef Mavro, the King Street restaurant opened in 1998 by James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef George Mavrothalassitis, has a new owner, the restaurant announced Monday.

Chef Jeremy Shigekane, who has served as the restaurant’s executive chef for the past three years, took ownership on March 1, but the staff was not told until Saturday.

The restaurant name will remain the same and Mavrothalassitis will continue to work in the kitchen each night. Both chefs promise that diners can expect the restaurant’s multicourse meals, emphasizing fresh, local ingredients via seasonal menus, to continue.

“Guests shouldn’t feel dramatic changes to the cuisine,” Shigekane said. “I want to progress the restaurant, but within the style of the restaurant.”

Mavrothalassitis said he had been looking “for a while” for someone to take over the business, while Shigekane hoped to own his own restaurant someday. Mavrothalassitis will continue to collaborate with Shigekane on menu development and mentor him on running the business, Food & Beverage Associates, dba Chef Mavro.

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