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New Chef at Meridian 54

According to a recent post on Elizabeth Large's food critic blog for

The Sun

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, Meridian 54 (845 S. Montford Ave., [410] 522-0541), the Mediterranean-flavored restaurant that took over Red Fish's former digs in Canton this winter, has already changed chefs. Russell Braitsch is out and Tom Friend is in. Calls to the phone number on

's web site to confirm the switch were met with the piercing sound of a fax machine, but we eventually got through to manager Michael Start on another line. Friend, who previously worked at

and

, started two weeks ago. He will be making only a few changes to the menu, including adding some specials and seafood dishes, Start says. The restaurant is currently closed during the day to help work out the kinks of a new chef in the kitchen but it is still open for dinner. Large lamented the fact that her review for Meridian 54, which was to run next Sunday, had become out-of-date before it was even published. Not so for us, our

hit the streets in late February.

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