The Garden City Hotel was bought by a Manhattan real-estate group. Staff members received layoff notices. De Bruyn departed before the announcement of the sale. He was chef for 15 years.
De Bruyn was in charge of all food preparation at the hotel, including Rein restaurant and the former Polo restaurant. Before he joined the hotel, De Bruyn was executive chef at two restaurants in his native Belgium.
No successor to De Bruyn has been named yet.
The Garden City Hotel.