So here’s the official word about what’s next for Brad Gates, formerly of Gates Catering and The Pantry at the Indianapolis City Market. He has joined The Kitchen Restaurant Group and will be head chef at Hedge Row, which will open this fall on Mass Ave. The company planned to make the announcement Friday.
He is currently in Denver training at the company’s first Hedge Row location, which will open in mid-July. A recent ad for Hedge Row described the restaurant as “a relaxed American bistro featuring rustic dishes from a wood-fired oven.”
According to a spokesperson, The Kitchen and Hedge Row culinary director Meg Grace Larcom and director of operations Andrew Mosblech were impressed by Brad’s breadth of experience.
“His Indy roots have enabled him to build strong relationships and positive rapport in the industry,” said Courtney Walsh, The Kitchen’s communications director, “and, most importantly for us, with local farmers.”
Walsh also pointed out Brad’s extensive experience in New York City, at the French Culinary Institute and working with Danny Meyer and Michael Romano and serving as an executive chef at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Grill, the Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard and NYLA.
In addition to Hedge Row, the Boulder-based Kitchen Restaurant Group, from social/food entrepreneur Kimbal Musk, will also be opening Next Door at 46th Street and College Avenue in Indianapolis late this year. The group will also be building Learning Gardens in local schools. — Jolene Ketzenberger