The Chronicle reports that Alma Alcocer-Thomas has been named the executive chef of the El Chile Group, which covers El Chile, El Chilito, Red House Pizzeria (which recently got a new chef of its own in John Galindo), and the upcoming Flat Top Burger Shop.
Alcocer-Thomas has some serious Austin pedigree, having worked in town for over 20 years at restaurants including Jeffrey's (where she was executive chef for 16 years) and Fonda San Miguel. More recently, she helped open Tacos and Tequila and was involved in the early stages of El Chile. A rep for El Chile Group also told us there's "definitely exciting news to come from Alma" and didn't expand. The Flat Top menu, perhaps?