He said he was going to stay in the business. And he is.

When Vincent Francuoal, chef/owner of Vincent, closes his downtown Minneapolis restaurant on Dec. 31, he won’t be going far. He’s taking the position of culinary director at Cara Irish Pubs. The 21-year-old company operates the Local, the Liffey, Cooper and Kieran’s Irish Pub.

“This is 14 months in the making,” said Cara CEO Peter Killen in a statement. “We are committed to providing our guests the best pub experience and have always been serious about the food we serve. Having Vincent join our team strengthens that focus and commitment. Our food sales continue to grow and having Vincent set new standards for elevated pub food will only accelerate that growth.”

According to the press release, Francoual will, “guide menu direction and work on refining pub classics.” First up: Cooper, starting in early January.

“Peter and his team are passionate about creating a great guest experience which is why Cara is an attractive company to work for,” said Francoual in a statement. “Chefs need to respect food no matter what he or she is cooking. Foie Gras or burger, lobster or shrimp, the same care and attention must be made. Cara already does a great job with food so I want to lead and inspire to get to the next level of great.”