The affair between chef Jeffrey Brana and The Raleigh Hotel was short and quiet, if not particularly sweet. Mr. Brana, admired for his work for many years as head chef at Norman’s and then for a quick but spectacular stint at his own Restaurant Brana, was brought in to upgrade the Raleighs’ restaurant just a few months ago. But, as Brana tells me, “It was not the right fit.” Being a classy guy he says nothing more, but “not the right fit” is generally a code word for “they were impossible to work for.” This, of course, is just conjecture on my part.
Brana, ready to move on, says he is “looking at doing a project that will allow me to try to do something special and push the envelope a little, without having to sustain a full-scale restaurant operation.” Sounds intriguing -- will keep you posted as we find out more. --Lee Klein
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.