A popular Tucson restaurant is saying goodbye to its owner and head chef of nearly thirty years.
Chef Jonathan Landeen is officially retiring and stepping down as owner.
“Ive been working since I was 18, so I think Im kind of ready for the time off,” Landeen said when asked why he made the decision to retire now.
Landeen has delighted the tastebuds of Tucsonans for more than 40 years. Since 1994, hes served as the head chef and owner of Jonathans Cork.
“I think that almost every chef has a secret desire, if not an overwhelming desire, to have their own restaurant,” he said.
Now, after a long and successful career, Landeen is hanging up his chef’s hat and walking away from a passion and a community that has supported him for so long.
John Peters, a long-time friend and patron of the restaurant, said, “The food is always excellent; its always wonderful, and Jonathan and Colette are such great, great, wonderful people.”
Landeen said cooking and seeing the faces of delighted customers is what he’ll miss the most.
“Being able to do the food you want and the guest,” he said. “Having interactions with the guests and having them enjoy what you do.”
While the beloved chef may be stepping away from the kitchen, Jonathan’s Cork isnt going anywhere, and its next owner, Glenn Murphy, promises to not fix what isnt broken.
The restaurateur has owned or operated more than 40 restaurants across three continents in his career.
“Were not changing anything. Theres nothing really to change,” Murphy explained. “We love the clientele; theyre very loyal, and the foods great.”
As the sun sets on his career, Landeen says he couldnt have cooked up a better way to close this chapter of his life.
“Im just glad we finished on a positive note and the weathers beautiful,” he said. “I dont think I could have asked for a better finish.”
Jonathan’s Cork will officially change ownership on Monday, March 27 under the new name The Cork Tucson.