Alex Chang leaves The Vagabond, which will re-debut with new chef, new name

A surprising summer shuffle is taking place at the Vagabond Restaurant and Bar. As of July 6, the MiMo hot spot will say goodbye to chef Alex Chang, who “is taking time off to travel the world and find new inspiration for his cuisine.”

“In Chang’s absence, new partners Fabien Chalard and Julien Geliot will “continue the restaurant’s tradition of excellent food and service, albeit with a new chef and a new creative twist to the menu.”

That chef, Roberto Dubois, will take over the restaurant with a new menu–and new name–Vagabond Kitchen and Bar. On the new menu: ponzu oysters, roast beef carpaccio, surf ‘n’ turf, cherry duck confit, spinach cavatelli, among other things. A bar menu will feature tuna poke toast, pork belly buns and shrimp cocktails, among other things. Quite a departure from Chang’s menu, which features dishes such as foie gras torchon and grilled Iberico defragma. 

“We wish Chef Alex continued success in his endeavors” said a spokesperson from the Vagabond Group. 

“We are very excited to bring our concept to such a historical location, said Chalard. “We are excited to give locals of MIMO and the surrounding neighborhoods a new place to dine and unwind.”