Chef Josh Watkins and his Profile Group ATX hospitality and management company will take over operations of Chavez at the Radisson Hotel beginning tomorrow.
Watkins will continue to operate the restaurant under the same name and as the same concept for a month or so before completely rebranding, with a new name and concept. Watkins, who most recently has served as executive chef at the Carillon and Driskill Grill before that, said the new concept may roll out in March or April. Watkins plans to be in the kitchen on a regular basis during the first stage of the new operation.
While he would not go into much detail, Watkins did mention that the menu will feature a “modern barbecue” section, an idea he bandied about when he served an Asian-inspired pork dish at last year’s Austin Food & Wine Festival.
Watkins, who left the Carillon last spring, takes the place of Parkside and Olive & June owner Shawn Cirkiel, who opened Chavez last February.
Cirkiel will now focus on opening his Spanish-influenced restaurant, Bullfight, later this year on Airport Boulevard, he said in a statement.