CV has been a favorite family place for us, but we’ve had two terrible meals there over the last few months (soup served before everyone arrived, dishes definitely not the same quality). It absolutely felt like different chefs were in the kitchen and all the front of the house staff were new faces. I asked to speak to a manager (Eric) about our experience in an effort to provide some feedback, but he didn’t seem very interested.
While at another Sichuan restaurant, we spotted one of our favorite waiters from CV and he told us the owner / chef John Yao has retired and CV had indeed changed hands.
I hope the new owners can pull it together, but we’re not likely to return, what with all the new amazing Northern places popping up all over the East Bay and elsewhere.