Our moles, buried deep in the corporate structure of La Condesa and Sway, are reporting that Chef Rene Ortiz is out.

Where will the chef land?

With East Austin currently engulfed in flames, we’re predicting that Ortiz will land on his feet, and on the east side of town.

Daniel Boulud’s presence in Austin is decidedly small, maybe Ortiz, a former employee, can coax him into town, and they can reimagine the famous db burger? Plenty bull meat to be found hereabouts, and there are still a few vacant buildings east of I-35.

And who will assume the reigns at Sway and La Condesa? Austin is chock a block with chef talent these days so there should be little difficulty in finding a good exec to step into the role. We’re predicting a sous from the existing hierarchy will be kicked upstairs.

Either way, our Thai food money will continue to line the coffers of Little Thailand and while La Condesa puts out some not just good/good enough chow-we’ll continue mainlining Yolanda Sanchez Cornejo’s cuisine when we need upper level Mexican cuisine.

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