Citizen Fox has been in the works for over a year and a half, but it has now hit another bump in the road. Second founding chef Kevin Schuder has officially stepped away from the role as of this year. "There was mutual differences in management and so we parted ways," Schuder told Eater, declining to expand on specifics. This isn't the first chef shuffle within the restaurant group (though it might be the most amicable) after Citizen Fox owner Deborah Blum and investor Owen Van Natta abruptly split with Hapa Ramen chef Richie Nakano last year.
Schuder is investigating several different opportunities (about which he’s remaining mum for now), but his next definite project is the Vegan Iron Chef All Stars in February, where he’ll no doubt bring his Millennium and Citizen Fox training. Meanwhile, Blum is moving things along as planned, without Schuder. The plant-based restaurant, bar and brewery is continuing normal pop-up hours at 2293 Mission St. (the old Hapa Ramen space) with the kitchen cadre Schuder trained, and using the 150 recipes he left behind. Due to some permit snags, there is still no opening timeline for the permanent location at 2205 Mission St., but stay tuned for updates.