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Renowned Chef Brian Polcyn Retiring from Forest Grill Kitchen

Chef de Cuisine Nick Janutol will take the reigns at Polcyn's Birmingham eatery.

Chef Brian Polcyn.
Chef Brian Polcyn.

Chef Brian Polcyn will exit the Forest Grill in May, according to The Detroit Free Press. Polcyn sold Forest Grill to investors earlier this month and plans to focus on teaching at Schoolcraft College and charcuterie seminars. The renowned chef is also planning his own line of charcuterie products. Polcyn will mark his exit from restaurant kitchens with two special dinners.

For the last several months, Chef de Cuisine Nick Janutol has been quietly prepping to take the helm at the Birmingham eatery. Janutol has been instrumental in the restaurant's monthly pop-up series Detroit Forest Service. Chefs Steve Allen (Steve & Rocky's), David Gilbert (Marais), Paul Grosz (The Stand and Cuisine), Shawn Loving (Schoolcraft College), Joseph Decker (Schoolcraft College), and Nick Janutol will prepare courses at the May 14 dinner while sharing their best Polcyn stories "roast"-style. The May 27 dinner will feature Polcyn's "greatest hits" from past restaurant ventures.

Update, 04/24, 11:29 a.m.: The greatest hits dinner officially sold out.

Update, 04/24, 5:09 p.m.: A second date for the greatest hits dinner has been schedule for May 28.

Update, 05/13, 11:54 a.m.: A representative for Forest Grill tells Eater a few seats have opened up for the Greatest Hits dinner on May 14.


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