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Star chef hired at new Hotel Palomar

He's Guillermo Tellez, whose background includes Charlie Trotter's operation as well as Striped Bass.

The new Hotel Palomar opening in mid-October at 17th and Sansom Streets has hired a chef for its Square 1682 restaurant.

He's Guillermo Tellez, whose resume includes Chester County's Northbrook MarketPlace, the late Striped Bass and -- most notably -- Charlie Trotter's empire (Charlie Trotter's in Chicago, and C Restaurant at One and Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico). See this 2004 New York Times clip for an interesting backgrounder.

Concept and menu are not fully developed.

General manager Thomas McAleer was GM at Caribou Café for seven years.