"Simply put, I received an offer I couldn’t refuse,” Naderi says in a statement. “I’ve loved Lillo and Ella, the concept of Asian street food, our Heights neighbors and what we’re doing at the restaurant. But I’ve felt more and more that I want to devote more attention to Roost."
In a follow up conversation with CultureMap, Naderi says that shedding Lillo allows him to focus on Roost as it approaches its fourth birthday. His plans include possibly adding an upstairs wine bar. "I shouldn't have spread myself so thin and tried to do it all myself," he admits.
As for the space's future, someone is going to benefit from the work Naderi did to renovate the interior and add a parking lot. The chef says he's heard it's going to become more of a bar, similar to the days when it housed tequila-focused El Gran Malo.