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David Garrido is IN at Former Chavez Space

First TGI Friday’s, then Chavez, now Dine, then what?

Former Chavez
Former Chavez
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Longtime Austin chef David Garrido is taking over the former Chavez restaurant space at the downtown Radisson Hotel, as reported by Austin 360. Currently, the Chavez signage is gone from the exterior of the hotel. The restaurant's temporary name is Dine, but Garrido will change it again, along with the concept and menu, by the end of the summer. He already added new menu items, including fried oysters, mushroom macaroni and cheese, and baby back ribs.

Parkside Projects and chef Shawn Cirkiel oversaw the transformation of the hotel’s old TGI Friday’s into Southwestern-inspired Chavez last February. He left in this February, citing that the group wanted to focus on new project Bullfight. Josh Watkins, formerly of The Carillon, took over the kitchen during the transition, but left a month later. The hotel was seeking new staff for an unnamed concept in the space, as seen with a Craigslist posting in April.

Garrido originally got his start at Jeffrey’s. His namesake downtown Mexican restaurant in the 360 building shuttered last May. The space is now home to Prelog’s. Garrido also contributed to the kitchen at Fall Creek Vineyard’s Driftwood location. There is no word on whether he is still working on his unnamed old school Jeffrey’s-inspired restaurant in Lamar Union, which was expected to open this year. Eater has reached out and watch this space for updates.

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