Executive chef Anastacia Quinones is leaving the Cedars Social.
Executive chef Anastacia Quinones is leaving the Cedars Social.
Alison McLean, Christopher Durbin

Anastacia Quinones Is Out at Cedars Social

On Valentine's Day, the Cedars Social — the long-suffering Cedars cocktail bar and restaurant — reopened as the Cedars Socíal under new management: Restaurateur Monica Greene, chef Anastacia Quinones and bar manager Leann Berry. It became a modern Mexican restaurant with a lunchtime taco bar on the back patio, operating out of an old shipping container. After years of upheaval, the restaurant finally seemed to have found an identity.

But now, everything seems up in the air once again. A few minutes ago, executive chef Anastacia Quinones announced her departure from the restaurant on Facebook.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my split from The Cedars Socíal," she wrote. "For 8 months I poured my heart and soul into every sauce, dish, flavored masa, taco and plate I created. Unfortunately, The Cedars Socíal will be going in a different direction. I'll be taking some much needed time off to spend with my family but don't worry I'll be back soon!!"

Surprised? Yeah, us too. We'll miss Quinones' homey, inventive modern Mexican fare and fun taco menu centered around flavored masas, but we don't doubt that she'll be back on the scene soon.

Could Cedars Socíal be in for yet another reinvention?

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