Chef James Dumapit is out at Asian smokehouse Loro

Chef de cuisine James Dumapit and Loro, the Asian smokehouse from Hai Hospitality in collaboration with Aaron Franklin, have parted ways. Dumapit previously served as the opening co-executive chef at Old Thousand before returning to the Hai Hospitality team for which he once worked as executive sous chef at Uchiko. The departure of Dumapit leaves a vacancy that the Hai team says it is not currently considering filling. The casual restaurant opened at  2115 S. Lamar Blvd. on April 4.

Loro on South Lamar Boulevard. (Credit: Facebook.com/loroaustin)

“Chef James Dumapit is a very talented chef and we are grateful for his contributions to Loro.  We wish him all the best and future success,” Hai Hospitality president John Baydale said. “We do not have plans for a replacement at this time but are happy with the amazing team we have in place “

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