Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tribute to Michael Kean

A toast to a great man: Here's to the late Michael Kean, a consummate restaurant man if ever there was one.

Kean, the general manager and partner at four-star Manresa, passed away recently at the age of 57. He worked in Bay Area restaurants for the past 30 years, bringing his hospitality, talent and kindness to places like Silks in San Francisco and Bridges in Danville. He joined Manresa in 2004.

"Michael was my partner and my confidant. I miss him very much," says Manresa chef-partner David Kinch.

"He added elegance and class and a sense of gracious hospitality that we were missing before. I continue to see every day his legacy at the restaurant."

He will be missed.
—Paolo Lucchesi, San Francisco Chronicle; photo by Mark Holthusen