Bill Chait announced he is leaving his post as managing partner of multiconcept operator Sprout LA to pursue other projects.
Chait is known as an investor-partner behind some of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles, including Otium, Bestia, Republique and Rose Cafe, all collected under the Sprout LA umbrella.
Sprout, which describes itself as a “restaurant collaborative” that includes 16 concepts, said in a statement that “all restaurants partnered with Sprout will continue to operate as they have, and Sprout will continue to support the restaurants in the same manner as it has.”
Chait plans to pursue his own independent projects, Sprout said.
Confirming the move in an email, Chait said the new projects are “different in scale,” though he declined to offer detail.
Whether Chait will be replaced in his role with Sprout is yet to be determined, the company added.
According to Eater, Chait will maintain his stake in Sprout and its various concepts.
A 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles restaurant scene, Chait founded the Louise’s Trattoria chain. Other concepts have included Angel City Grill, The Beverly Restaurant and Market and Louise’s Italian Kitchen.
More recently, Chait has partnered with chefs and restaurant operators such as John Sedlar (Rivera), Nancy Silverton (Short Order and Short Cake), Jason Neroni (Catch & Release; Rose Café) and Amy Knoll Fraser and Neal Fraser (Redbird).