Trio veteran James Flowers has been elevated to the position of chef de cuisine at Trio, the steakhouse and seafood-loving restaurant at the Four Seasons in downtown Austin. Flowers’ move comes on the heels of the departure of former chef de cuisine Scott Higby.
A native of Alabama, Flowers worked at Austin staples Cipollina, Asti and Wink before joining the Four Seasons in 2011. He serves under longtime Four Seasons executive chef Elmer Prambs.
“TRIO has always been the big leagues for me,” Flowers says on the restaurant’s website. “I can’t think of anywhere else in Austin with the same opportunity to serve such a variety of guests. The scope of our operation is staggering and the efficiency with which our team works is without comparison.”
The Asian-influenced Deckhand Oyster Bar opened its second Austin-area location Sunday. The restaurant owned by the Saybounkham family is located in the space of the former Outback Steakhouse at 4211 S. Lamar Blvd. in the Lakehills Plaza near Ben White Boulevard. The expansive menu includes an array of global flavors, from Thai (tom yum seafood soup), to Texas (crab-stuffed jalapenos), Japan (roe-topped oysters) and Louisiana (boudin). The restaurant is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
*Updated with caveat: Favor will still charge a $5 delivery fee, its nominal processing fee and space for a tip (suggested about 20 percent), so these “free” tacos will still cost you about $7-$8 dollars.
Homegrown deliver app Favor is gonna court the Austin public tomorrow with free Tacodeli breakfast tacos. When users open the Favor app on Tuesday between 9 and 11 a.m., a Free Taco banner will appear. Tap that and it’s off to the races. There is a limit of two tacos per person, either migas or potato egg and cheese, and there is a limited supply.
Given Favor’s higher delivery fee than UberEats and and the addition of a substantial driver ip that accompanies each order on normal days, it appears Favor is trying to curry, um, favor with local users.
Tex-Mex restaurant Benji’s Cantina (click here for 2014 review) will close permanently following brunch on Sunday. The West Sixth Street restaurant will close, but chef Blake Keely will continue to operate under the brand, serving the restaurant’s cuisine at catered events. The KPG Hospitality group which owns Benji’s, as well as Kung Fu Saloon and Brew Exchange, said in a release that it will soon have an announcement about plans a “re-concept” for the space.