The ever-expanding Parkside Projects restaurant group is shedding some ties as they gear up to open their next project. Chef Shawn Cirkiel teamed up with the Radisson to open new hotel restaurant Chavez last year, a marquis transformation of a TGI Friday's to a Michael Hsu-designed stunner. Eater has learned Parkside is now no longer involved with the hotel; a rep for the group says they will "no longer be associated with the Raddison" as they gear up to open Bullfight on Airport Boulevard. Chavez has already disappeared from Parkside Projects' website. The rep adds that chef Josh Watkins, formerly of The Carillon, and his new company Profile Group ATX will "manage operations" for the Radisson's food and beverage program during the transition.
Here's the full statement, provided via email:
Parkside Projects managed the upgrade of food and beverage and catering services at the Radisson Town Lake in connection with the hotel's restaurant, pool and ballroom remodel in 2014. Parkside Projects will now focus on the opening of the new Bullfight restaurant in 2015. During this transition, Josh Watkins will manage operations of the Radisson's F&B.
Update! Watkins will "reconcept" Chavez within the next few months, according to The Statesman:
Watkins will continue to operate the restaurant under the same name and as the same concept for a month or so before completely rebranding, with a new name and concept. . . While he would not go into much detail, Watkins did mention that the menu will feature a "modern barbecue" section