Citing a need to focus on family and his other downtown restaurant, chef Kevin Black said Tuesday afternoon that he is leaving The Crown: A Royal Bistro.
The Crown is a sandwich and crepe shop located inside The Royal Standard at 16016 Perkins Road. The restaurant offers savory and sweet crepes, soups and salads as well as drinks using French Truck Coffee. Black's last day at the restaurant is Saturday, Feb. 11.
"It was a tough decision," Black said of the departure. "But I'm leaving on good terms. There's no bad blood. Schedule-wise, it was a lot more than I was willing to bite off."
Black said The Royal Standard's owners have started putting out feelers for his replacement. He expects that the shop will keep the name. Calls to the owners were not immediately returned.
After leaving The Crown, Black will focus on bringing the French Truck Coffee program to his downtown concept, Go Ya Ya's. He also plans to revamp the menu of the breakfast and lunch restaurant located inside the Main Street Market at the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets. Patrons can expect more soups on Go Ya Ya's menu as well as pot roast and boudin grilled cheese sandwiches.
"My focus is solely on spending time with my family and downtown," Black said of his future plans. "Expansion is always the goal, but nothing is solid as of yet."