Antunes was hired following a national search to helm the kitchen in the Oak Room, which reopened several months ago following a massive face lift. His luxurious French cooking was pitched to evoke the Gilded Age glory days of the Oak Room.
But reviews have been poor. After receiving a one-star takedown from the New York Times’ powerful restaurant critic, Frank Bruni, the chef got drubbed again in the most recent edition of New York magazine with a zero-star review.
No word yet on the chef’s next move, but sources say the chances of him returning to the Atlanta restaurant that bears his name are quite unlikely.