To Family, Friends, and Guests of Odeum Restaurant,
I became a chef because restaurants are the family business; my father owns a restaurant in the Bronx, NY. And just like family, for almost 5 years you have made Odeum a part of your most important celebrations. It has been an honor to be a small part of your birthday, anniversary, and company dinners. The warmth and trust this community has shown me as been a great privilege.
Between October 2014 and March 2016, if you ordered the petrale sole from Odeum, you may have had tilapia instead. The tilapia was served when the quality of sole available was not up to our standards or was not available, and allowed us to serve larger portions of fish. But this does not excuse the fact that the change was in no way adequately communicated to the public through a change in the menu.
I take full responsibility for the decisions that were made that have broken your trust. I want to apologize to the community and to my staff for the lack of judgment. In every other area of the restaurant, and in every other way, I try my best to honor our relationship by serving you the highest quality ingredients. My heart is broken thinking you may be questioning my commitment to you. I hope that like family, you’ll give me a second chance to earn the right to be a part of your celebrations. In the meantime, I will always have a seat for you at my table.
Owner and Executive Chef