Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin’s Loro adds Old Thousand’s James Dumapit to team

Chef James Dumapit cut his teeth as a member of the Hai Hospitality empire, movinghis way from stage to sushi chef at Uchi, and eventually serving executive sous chef at Uchiko. Following his stints at those two lauded spots, he opened modern Chinese restaurant Old Thousand as co-executive chef, but he is leaving that East Austin establishment to return to where it all began for him.

James Dumapit will serve as chef de cuisine at Loro, the forthcoming Japanese smokehouse from Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole. Contributed by Logan Crable

Hai announced today that Dumapit will serve as the chef de cuisine at Loro, the Japanese smokehouse on South Lamar which recently announced that Aaron Franklin had joined on as partner. 

“James Dumapit is one of the most talented chefs to come up through the Hai ranks and I am so thrilled to have him back in the fold on this project,” Cole said. “I can’t wait to see what inspiration and creativity he brings to the menu and to what both Aaron and I want to bring to Loro.”

Loro is set to open on South Lamar in early 2018 at 2115 S. Lamar Blvd.

Old Thousand is operated by the SMGB Hospitality Group, which recently shuttered its short-lived PS 35 pizzeria in Round Rock, which was a joint venture with former 40 North pizza trailer chef Clint Elmore.


Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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