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Analogue Shakeup As Head Chef, Co-Founders Leaving

By Paul Biasco | May 24, 2016 3:34pm | Updated on May 25, 2016 5:20pm
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LOGAN SQUARE — Analogue, the Logan Square cocktail bar that has become increasingly known for its food, is undergoing a shakeup.

After two-and-a-half years, the founders of the bar, Robert Haynes and Henry Prendergast, are no longer part of the management team.

Chef Alfredo Nogueira, a New Orleans native, is also leaving the restaurant.

Nogueira was brought on to help launch the restaurant and come up with its Cajun/Creole menu in late 2013 and had been the chef ever since.

Nogueira said he had no immediate plans following his departure other than going on a honeymoon with his wife, some traveling and heading back to New Orleans to see his brother's baby.

"It's just kind of time to move on," he said.

Prendergast said he and Haynes will retail a small partnership share in the company, but will no longer but involved in running the bar program or any other managerial aspects of Analogue.

Both Haynes and Prendergast are former Violet Hour bartenders who broke off to open Analogue in December 2013 at 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Dani Kaplan, the current sous chef at Analogue, will be taking over as executive chef this week, Nogueira said.

"It's going to be in really good hands," Nogueira said. "Dani Kaplan is more than qualified for the job ... the entire crew is sticking around to pick it up."

Scott Crawford, the general manager, stressed that the restaurant will not be changing despite the shakeup.

"[Kaplan] has been Alfredo's overqualified Sous Chef since the beginning, and has been transitioning into the role for some time," he said. "She is well-versed in the Analogue menu, and has tons of industry experience in Chicago -- not just with us."

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