293 Wallace's Hiro Takeda (left) will hand over the reins to the Brent Gillis in mid-May. Takeda announced the news this evening at a private event.

293 Wallace's Hiro Takeda (left) will hand over the reins to the Brent Gillis in mid-May. Takeda announced the news this evening at a private event.

Hiro Takeda stepping down from 293 Wallace Restaurant

Takeda will step down four months from now in order to nurture his skills as a chef.

293 Wallace Restaurant owner Hiro Takeda announced this evening at a private event in his restaurant that he will step down mid-May.

Takeda said he will step down to develop his skills as a chef, specializing in fermentation, with the former head of research and development at Noma restaurant, Lars Williams. They will work together in Copenhagen.

He said he felt sad, but had no regrets.

“It’s a decision that made sense for everybody involved,” said Takeda. “It’s a decision that promoted that growth that we wanted out of everybody. In that way, no regrets.”

He will pass the reins to Brent Gillis, who will become the general manager. Gillis started out as a dishwasher when Takeda took over the restaurant in 2013.

Read the full story in the Jan. 19 edition of The Standard.