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Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat, other restaurants to lay off hundreds

COVID-19 is blamed for cuts at the ‘Top Chef’ winner’s eateries including Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat and Cabra.

Stephanie Izard puts on a demo in New York in 2019.
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Celebrity chef Stephanie Izard’s four Chicago restaurants intend to lay off hundreds of workers later this month, according to filings with the state of Illinois.

The layoff notices, required by state law, say 55 people will lose their jobs permanently at Izard’s flagship Girl & the Goat, with another 96 layoffs at spinoff diner/bakery Little Goat.

The Chinese restaurant Duck Duck Goat will shed 42 workers, and another 85 will be laid off by the company running her Cabra cevicheria as well as two other restaurants in the Hoxton hotel.

The layoffs, effective Sept. 20, were attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced restaurants to severely limit operations in compliance with state and local regulations.

Izard became a national foodie celebrity by winning “Top Chef” on Bravo and “Iron Chef Gauntlet” on the Food Network.