Ben Grupe, a 2022 semifinalist for the nationwide “Emerging Chef” James Beard Award, is no longer the chef of the acclaimed Tempus in the Grove in Forest Park Southeast.
Tempus’ PR representative confirmed Friday Grupe is no longer with the restaurant.
The exact timing and circumstances of his departure are unknown. Grupe did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.
Grupe was not an owner of Tempus, however. According to the PR rep, Tempus’ owner is Peter Brickler.
Meanwhile, Tempus is temporarily closed “for the next few weeks, the PR rep said in an email, in part to “restructure and refresh” the restaurant.
More as the Post-Dispatch learns it.