Douglas Rodrigues has quietly become executive chef at The Tip Tap Room, reports Boston Magazine, and he's hoping to open his own restaurant in the not-so-distant future. Rodrigues was fired from Clio in February 2013 after allegedly stabbing a friend while demonstrating how to use a folding knife. He maintains that it was an accident and has pleaded not guilty to the resulting charges of assault and battery; his trial takes place this summer.
He talks candidly with Boston Magazine about the aftermath of the firing and what he's been up to at The Tip Tap Room, revamping the menu with a more "modern American approach" and trying to drive up the restaurant's numbers, which are already "fucking bananas." (It's "busy as hell" every day there, he says.) The new dishes are a preview, "to a degree," of what diners might find once he has his own place. "I don't want to throw out what my concept would be like, but there are some places opening up in Boston that are exactly what I want: the Alden & Harlows cooking really good food, but approachable; stuff that chefs want to eat." Going home to the South Shore would be his "ideal situation."
· Douglas Rodrigues now behind the stove at The Tip Tap Room [BM]
· All coverage of The Tip Tap Room [~EBOS~]