An ongoing log of chef and staff changes for 2019

RIVER NORTH— Nacional 27Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ Latin American restaurant, has hired Cory Morris (BoleoMercat a la PlanxaRonero) as the River North spot’s new executive chef. Morris started in December, as LEYE also renovated the 20-year-old restaurant’s dining room, refinishing the floor and refreshing the decor. Morris has already rolled out changes to the menu and he plans to add more ceviches. He’s also changing up some of the items at Tallboy Tacos, Nacional’s little sibling next door. He talked about importing heirloom white corn masa from Mexico for the tortillas. Among Nacional’s new items, Morris excited about a roasted chicken arroz served in a paella pan.

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