Sean Daly, formerly the owner and chef of Hugo in Oakley, has joined the National Exemplar as their executive chef, operating partner, and executive general manager. Hugo, whose lease expired and had planned a reopening across the street from the National Exemplar, will not be reopening.
According to the press release, Daly said, “After extensive due diligence, I found it was simply not the right location for me,” he said. “However, I remained committed to being in Mariemont and could not pass up the remarkable opportunity to work with the National Exemplar. The partnership enables me to get back faster to doing what I love, and to create an exceptional dining experience.”
He will begin on September 10, and guests shouldn’t expect too many changes too soon, but he’ll be increasing the focus on local produce and meats.