Chef Jacob Weaver joins Hotel Zaza after leaving Juliet Italian Kitchen

Austin chef Jacob Weaver has left his position as executive chef at Juliet Italian Kitchen and joined Hotel Zaza as that boutique hotel brand’s corporate director of food and beverage. Weaver, who is a veteran of Asti Trattoria and Café Josie, will helm the program for the Hotel Zaza locations in Dallas and Houston and will directly oversee the Austin property, which is slated to open next summer at Guadalupe and Fourth streets.

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“I am thrilled and humbled to have been given the opportunity to join Hotel Zaza, a brand that sets the bar for luxury, Texas style,” Weaver said. “Everything from the team, food and beverage offerings and of course, the magnificent properties are world class, and I am eager to bring my own skillset to the program, as well as grow with the company as Hotel Zaza continues to expand.”

Juliet announced last month that it has replaced Weaver with chef Jayson Munguia. The restaurant posted the following words from Weaver about Munguia on Facebook:

“The last three years at Juliet have been some of the best times of my career to date. We have accomplished so much and I’m proud to say Juliet is doing better than ever by any metric imaginable. Though it is bittersweet to leave Austin and Juliet behind I am excited for the amazing opportunities for myself and the team at Juliet, including the promotion of my friend and partner in the kitchen for the last several years, the newly appointed Executive Chef Jayson Munguia. Jayson, General Manager Emily O’Connor and the rest of the team have been integral in the creation and building of Juliet Italian Kitchen. JIK wouldn’t be what it is today without the unyielding dedication to excellence and genuine hospitality this team brings to the table each and every day.”


Author: Matthew Odam

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

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