Michael Simon Leaves Carriage House/The Bedford

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Michael Simon's Southern-tinged cocktails were a big part of the acclaim for Mark Steuer's lowcountry restaurant Carriage House when it opened in the middle of last year. But then, Michael Simon's cocktails were a big part of the acclaim for Acadia when it opened toward the end of the previous year. The peripatetic mixologist is up for a Jean Banchet Award for Carriage House this year, but he won't be in the House if it happens— he resigned from the restaurant on Saturday, according to 312 Dining Diva. Chef Mark Steuer told 312DD "Call it creative differences. We appreciate everything he did for us pre- and post-opening and wish him nothing but the best wherever he lands next." [312 Dining Diva]