Chef Tanya Holland Parts Ways With Oakland Museum’s Town Fare Weeks After Closing Brown Sugar Kitchen

Just a few weeks after the permanent closure of her influential soul food restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen, Chef Tania Holland will step down from managing Town Fare operations at the Oakland California Museum. In a statement emailed to Eater SF, Museum Director and CEO Lori Fogarty confirmed that the Netherlands’ relationship with the museum ends as of January 31, 2022 – just about seven months since the restaurant first appeared. “We wish Chef Holland well in her future endeavours, and are grateful for her partnership in launching Town Fare at OMCA,” Fogarty’s statement read. Eater SF has reached out to the Netherlands for comment but has not received a response as of press time.

After the departure of the Netherlands, the Auckland Museum will be looking for “a new café and catering establishment with which to partner.” The café will retain its name – Town Fare – and some menu items will remain in the Netherlands even after the chef’s relationship with the museum ends. New menu items will also be added, as the Museum promises. The veggie-focused café opened in June 2021 and offers a menu of lighter foods like toasted ricotta with cucumber salad and vegan volettas, according to San Francisco Chronicle.

At the time of opening, the Netherlands told Chronicle She had been interested in opening a restaurant in the museum for more than a decade, working for a catering company that served food there.

But recently, Holland has spoken out about the difficulties of running a restaurant in Auckland. After closing its flagship Brown Sugar Kitchen earlier this year, Holland told Berkleeside that the high rent and rising crime in the area were “too much for the company to handle.” After temporarily closing before Christmas 2021, the Netherlands decided to permanently close Brown Sugar Kitchen when it and its investor came “to… [the] I realized he was throwing away good money after bad,” she told Berkleeside. She had already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May of that year in a last-ditch effort to stabilize the business as it struggled with the impact of the pandemic.

In the wake of its closure, Brown Sugar Kitchen was widely advertised as the defining restaurant of Auckland’s dining scene. It originally opened in 2008 at West Auckland’s space chef-themed barbecue destination Matt Horn, which now calls home and moved into his last home in Uptown Auckland in 2019.

With the decision to leave Town Fare, Holland no longer has any operating restaurants, although she has spoken of plans to release a new cookbook in the fall and told WBUR that she doesn’t count the idea of ​​opening up another place for people to enjoy her food. The chef who appeared in the fifteenth season of Bravo top chefShe also has a show on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, hosts a podcast, and is a member of the James Beard Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

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