The latest chapter in the tumultuous success of Stopsky's Delicatessen: chef Robin Leventhal is no longer heading up the kitchen. Leventhal confirmed she and the restaurant parted ways nearly two weeks ago. The Jewish deli's first month in business hasn't been a boring one. The restaurant had to close early on its first day after a rush of patrons consumed all the food, then again for nearly a week after a small electrical fire caused some damage. Meanwhile the crowds keep coming for breakfast and lunch, prompting waits of an hour or more during peak mealtimes.
No word yet from Stopsky's owner Jeff Sanderson on the changes in the kitchen, but Leventhal's comments about both her departure and her former employer were polite and professional. The Top Chef alum and former Crave chef has no new employment situations to report as yet. "Hotshot baker" Andrew Meltzer, co-founder of Columbia City Bakery and formerly of Canlis, is still in the kitchen baking bagels, challah and other goods to feed the crowds.