Changes are afoot at James Holmes' South Lamar flagship restaurant Olivia in the wake of a chef shuffle. The restaurant's wunderkid chef Max Petty is out, replaced by New Orleans native Chris Ball, according to The Chronicle. The restaurant's menu will move away from hyper-playful cuisine as well:
Look for Ball and his team to return to the more rustic, farm-to-table cooking style that was Olivia's hallmark in its early days. Holmes also said Olivia is adding a full bar in the fall with a craft cocktail program.The current menu features classic, approachable entrees, though the restaurant's signature sweetbreads have remained. James Holmes also runs the popular Lucy's Fried Chicken casual restaurants.
· Food-o-File [Chronicle]
· All Olivia Coverage [EATX]