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Chef Chris Cosentino Taps an Austin Chef to Lead Italian Eatery Rosalie

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Executive Chef Sasha Grumman and Chef/Co-Owner Chris Cosentino of Rosalie
Nuray Taylor

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An Austin chef with a serious pedigree will head up Rosalie

Superstar Chef Chris Cosentino’s new Houston venture Rosalie with restaurateur Oliver Wharton is expected to open any time now, which means hiring is in full swing. The duo tapped Sasha Grumman, most recently of Austin’s Launderette, to serve as Rosalie’s executive chef. Grumman assumes the post with some serious experience in tow including stints at Cosentino’s San Francisco standout Cockscomb as well as Union Restaurant in Los Angeles.

Also notably, Charlie Skipsey whose father is the founder of Carlos’n Charlie’s and Señor Frog’s has assumed the role of director of restaurants for the C. Baldwin Hotel where Rosalie is located. He spent time working in his dad’s company early in his career and most recently served as the food and beverage director at the Driskill Hotel in Austin after heading up restaurant chains in Spain.

Grub’s burgers and onion rings have a new Katy home

The College Station export Grub Kitchen + Bar (formerly Grub Burger) will open its third Houston-area location in Katy on August 6. The fast-casual spot, which has now expanded to six states outside of Texas, will debut its burgers, sandwiches, bowls, and salads at 19143 Katy Freeway. This location includes a patio and full bar, so diners can order a margarita or bacon-infused bloody mary to wash down their Mac-N-Cheeseburger and Shiner onion rings.

A swanky new cocktail lounge just debuted in Downtown

Spanish-inspired cocktails and tapas are now available at the new AC Lounge in Downtown. The lounge is located inside the AC Hotel, which was recently reopened after an extensive renovation to revive the standout designs of its original iteration as well as its 1960s revamp. In the lounge, guests can order the hotel’s take on a classic old fashioned called the Chaplin as well as copious amounts of cava.