After Sunday's closure of River Oaks restaurant 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, news of the next eatery to take its place has surfaced. Moving into the space plagued by ongoing road construction, a new concept from two restaurant industry veterans expected to open in April.
Harwood Grill is the brainchild of restaurateur Raymond Gibson and chef Craig Bianco, reports CultureMap. Billed as an upscale casual place to dine, Gibson calls it "a couple of notches above casual dining and a couple of notches below fine dining." The menu will primarily feature Akaushi steaks and burgers, similar offerings that were once available at its shuttered predecessor. predecessor. Differentiating itself from 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, Gipson tells CultureMap "the steaks will be seared at a high temperature."
Between Gibson and Bianco, the two have considerable experience in the restaurant industry. Gibson started his career with Dallas-based Brinker International of Chili's fame, moving on to Ben E. Keith distribution company and catering group Hell Fighters Service as of recent. A graduate of Culinary Institute of America in New York, Bianco was chef of the convention center and catering in the Alamo dome for the R K group in San Antonio for five years.