Major changes are happening at Flyte World Dining and Wine, as executive chef Matt Lackey parted ways with the restaurant this past Saturday. In his place steps Mike Moranski, who previously worked at Flyte for three years before moving over to Husk Nashville and then up to Burlington, Vermont to take a sous chef position at Italian restaurant Pascolo. Lackey, who was part of the Eater Young Guns Class of 2013, tells Eater that a primary reason for the move was that he and Flyte owners Scott Sears and Scott Atkinson ultimately could not agree on the direction of the restaurant. Co-owner Scott Sears adds that the change was planned, having hired Moranski back several weeks earlier.
Says Sears regarding the change:
Unfortunately Matt's philosophy did not make sense for us from a business standpoint. Going forward, we'll still have a focus on local products, but also make it more dynamic by bringing in and offering items from outside the area. Mike will also make changes to the menu in the form of bringing back some of the original 'flyte' concepts, such as the soup, salad and dessert tastings. It's really going to be more of a 'reinvisioning' of what Flyte is.
As for what's next for Lackey, he says that he will take time over the next two or three months to travel, visit friends and get a better idea of what it is he wants to do: "Before I hop back into something else, I want to know for sure exactly what it is I want to do, so I want to go around and see what's new, what's fresh and then go from there."
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