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There's no bitterness surrounding the exodus of Tavern Law employees to Canon , the McCracken Tough team says.

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McCracken and Tough Call Tavern Law Exodus "Exciting"

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There's no bitterness surrounding the exodus of Tavern Law employees to Canon, the McCracken Tough team says.

According to an e-mail signed by Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, the restaurateurs believe "It's exciting to see our people go on to new places."

Earlier this month, Canon announced it had recruited Tavern Law's lead cook Andrew Cross to serve as its head chef. Prior to Cross' hire, the Capitol Hill cocktail den had fished Nathan Weber and Brian Lee from the Tavern Law talent pool. Other Tavern Law barkeeps who've recently swapped time cards include Ian Cargill, who took a job at Shorty's.

McCracken and Tough say they're not troubled by the turnover, which they consider a common aspect of the food-and-beverage business.

"As we grow we expect and want to see people learn and develop," they write. "We hope that with what we're teaching, their skills will be raised up so they can succeed in the next phase of their careers."

The departures apparently haven't disrupted service at Tavern Law, Spur or The Coterie Room: While the former employees' new workplace is currently getting more press coverage than the bar they left behind, "we have a few places of our own," McCracken and Tough point out.

"It's a pretty cool thing to see other restaurants and bars in the city being cooked in and bartended by alums from our places," they add. "Plus, it's great to watch our city grow."

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