Executive chef Damien Brockway departs Counter 357

Executive chef Damien Brockway will depart from fine dining restaurant Counter 357 after service this weekend. A highly visible presence in the ringed open kitchen at the Congress Avenue restaurant that has made appearances in the Austin360 Dining Guide’s Top 25 the last three years, Brockway has spent the last two-and-a-half years leading a team that executed elegant dishes for tasting menus that pulled from a variety of culinary traditions, including Japan, Southeast Asia and Mexico. Brockway, who replaced opening chef Larry Kocurek, says he is “looking forward to spending more time with family, recharging my batteries and getting the next project off the ground.”

Counter 357’s Damien Brockway on Thursday, May 11, 2017. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

While rumors regarding the next executive chef at Counter 357 have been swirling, chef-owner Eric Earthman says  “a replacement has not been solidified as of yet but our current staff is moving forward with providing an inspired dining experience as was set by the past two and a half years under Chef Brockway’s leadership.”

One of Austin’s few restaurants that wears its fine dining on its lapel, Counter 357 offers three separate tasting menus in its dining room, but has expanded over the past year to include more casual offerings with its expanded bar and lounge food menu.

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