Alan Dobbs announced he has reached an agreement with the Tutwiler hotel to sell & transfer of all day-to-day operations
of his Icon restaurant at the hotel to the Tutwiler.
Dobbs says there will be no visible changes. Executive Chef Benjamin Leingang and the staff remain. "This agreement strengthens Icon's future but also allows greater service for hotel guest[s]," Dobbs said in an e-mail Monday. "The hotel & icon have worked together seamlessly over the past 18 months and this transition will allow and provide an even stronger platform for [a] greater guest experience."
Icon was opened in spring of 2007 by co-owners Dobbs and chef Geoffrey Slate with great buzz, especially for the sleek urban architectural look of the renovated space, but the food and service have received mixed reviews. Slate resigned last November to pursue other opportunities. Dobbs and Slate had previously go-owned Restaurant G downtown before opening Icon. Leingang, at the time chef de cuisine, took over as executive chef when Slate left.
Here's a link to a recent "Dishing With" interview with Leingang: