Warehouse District restaurant connected to celebrity chef closes

The massive Warehouse District restaurant Searsucker is closing, according to a report from Culture Map. The restaurant was opened in 2013 by former “Top Chef” contestant and “The Taste” judge Brian Malarkey, though the chef had recently sold his interest in the restaurant to focus on his demi empire in Southern California. The¬†Hakkasan Group, which owned Searsucker, told Culture Map it intends to focus on its other hospitality brands around the country.

Snapper romesco with lemon and basil at Searsucker in 2014. Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Searsucker joins Chicon, Bonhomie, Bullfight and Alcomar among the recent closings, but this is the first major closing from an out-of-town group in recent months. The space was formerly home to another out-of-towner, as it took the place of the Carlos Santana-backed Maria Maria.

Restaurant review (5/10) from the archives (September 2014): Searsucker draws in the tourists with New American dishes


Author: Matthew Odam

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

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