Esti Parsons to Depart Radius

1221676917 It’s almost impossible to imagine the place without her, but Esti Parsons, the always gracious, ever-stylish general manager/partner at Radius, is leaving Team Schlow to open her own restaurant, Esti’s, in the soon-to-be-built Hingham Shipyard.

Her departure isn’t imminent—she’s planning to stick around until late winter, at which point she’ll devote herself to prepping for a July ’09 opening at Esti’s, which she describes as a small bistro/brasserie with “pretty traditional French country food, using full local products.”

But the fact remains that she’s leaving the restaurant empire (which also includes Via Matta and Great Bay) that she helped create. Why?

Nothing scandalous, gossip-seekers. Everything sounds quite amicable. According to Parsons, she’s doing it for love. More specifically, to spend more time with her husband, with whom she’ll run Esti’s. Indeed, her bio on the Radius website ends with the following line, “Esti is married to Drew Parsons of the rock group American Hi-Fi. They see each other 15 days a year.” So now they’ll up that total by 350.

And why Hingham? It’s close to where she lives and the restaurant is right on the water.