David Santos ‘In’ at Hotel Griffou; Eric Hara ‘Out’ at Sienna and Dekko Café


David Santos, most recently of 5 & Diamond, is the new chef at Hotel Griffou, where he’s revamping the menu with a Portuguese accent. [Grub Street]

Eric Hara has been keeping busy helming the Oak Room at the Plaza’s kitchen, as well as consulting at forthcoming Sienna and Dekko Café in Astoria. He’s now dropped those last two gigs and taken on a couple new ones: Agua Dulce and 9, next door. [Diner’s Journal]

Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto is the latest New York chef to head West. He’s planning to open a restaurant in Los Angeles next year. [Zagat Buzz]

Cesar Ramirez of Brooklyn Fare has placed an ad to hire a “Marketing Events Coordinator” to deal with customers and press following a kerfuffle with a local blogger last week. [Eater]

Mario Batali and Guy Fieri have been trading smack talk as they gear up for this weekend’s Asphalt Chef grill-off in Texas. Fieri: “Nice Crocs.” Batali: “Nice T.G.I. Friday’s ad.” [Feast]