We just heard that Chester, the longtime grill man at the Stage on Second Avenue, died yesterday.
Roman Diakun, who owned the Stage for 35 years up until its closure in March 2015, shared the news.
We don't know too much about Chester's family or background. A few health-related issues caused him to retire several years ago.
This from the Stage Facebook page:
It is with a heavy heart that we deliver the sad news that Chester Kawalec (our grillman) has passed away yesterday. The viewing will be at Arthur's Funeral Home on Friday Jan.27th, 2017 between 6 and 9pm, located at 207 Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn. R.I.P.
H/T Sheila Rothenberg