Sea Grill Chef Ready to Become a ‘Free Man’

After thirteen years at the helm of the Sea Grill, Ed Brown appears to have found his own restaurant. The chef is close to a deal on a space in the Excelsior Hotel, across the street from the Planetarium. I'm not denying it, but I haven't gotten the papers back, says Brown, who hopes to open a 130-seat American restaurant there this fall. (He will not handle the hotel's room service.) It will be upscale, but not precious, he promises. I am so ready to go and do my own thing and be a free man. Beth Landman