It's no secret that Houston's restaurant and bar scene is bustling. With the steady rise of restaurants and bars across the city, comes new positions for chefs, managers, bartenders and beverage directors. Here's a quick recap of the most recent staff movement:
1. On the heels of Greg Lowry's departure from Triniti restaurant, CultureMap reports executive chef/co-owner Ryan Hildebrand has appointed Brandon Souverall to Chef de Cuisine. "Brandon has been a key member of our team... his creativity and global influences are a real asset to our kitchen," says Hildebrand of Souverall in a press release. The Trinidad native joined Triniti in 2012, following a stage at New York City's 11 Madison Park. Souverall's previous stints include a stage under Marcus Samuelson at Aquavit in New York City and MiLA in New Orleans under James Beard award-winning husband and wife team Alison Vines Rushing and Slade Rushing.
2. As Añejo, the ambitious new Tex-Mex concept from Lasco Enterprises, nears its opening date, a general manager has been named. Charles Criswell will lead the upcoming restaurant as general manager. Criswell leaves his position at Vallone's to rejoin the company. Prior to Vallone's Criswell held the general manager position at Lasco's wine and bistro concept, The Tasting Room at CityCentre.
3. Following the departure of Roy Shvartzapel, executive chef/partner at Common Bond, owners Brad and Kathy Sander have appointed Jillian Bartolome to head chef. The Santa Monica native's previous stints include Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg and Bouchon Bakery in New York City.
4. After taking over the reins at Bistro Lancaster last year, Christopher Andrus is now headed to Peska Seafood Culture. Andrus joins the forthcoming restaurant opening this spring at BLVD Place as executive sous chef. The Mexican-import restaurant is also where 20 year-old Omar Pereney serves as executive chef.
5. Joining Andrus at Peska Seafood Culture is Robert (Tre) Watkins. The former 13 celsius sommelier will spearhead the Galleria restaurant's wine and beverage program.
6. Anvil alum Chris Frankel is stepping out on his own and opening Spare Key, a bar in partnership with Cook & Collins restaurant in Midtown. Between his travels across the country and abroad, the bartender could be seen moonlighting at Justin Burrow's Captain Foxheart Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge. The Princeton alum's previous stints include RDG + Bar Annie and Anvil Bar & Refuge.
7. After a year-long apprenticeship at Killen's Barbecue, Patrick Feges is heading to Southern Goods. In addition to being a sous chef, Feges will also bring his smoking skills to the upcoming Southern concept led by former Liberty Station partner Charles Bishop and Lyle Bento, former Underbelly sous chef.
8. Rishi Singh and Jojo Martinez join pan-Latin restaurant Batanga. Singh leaves his position at the Creek Group's Dry Creek Cafe for executive chef duties at the downtown restaurant. Martinez is overseeing the bar's beverage program.