The Brewer’s Table, the forthcoming East 5th restaurant and brewery, added three new names to its staff: two former Qui staffers and a previous Live Oak Brewing brewer.
First up is Jorge Hernández, who was previously chef de cuisine of acclaimed restaurant Qui. He joins as the consulting chef, replacing Foreign & Domestic’s Ned Elliott, who was originally attached. Hernández’s goal with the menu is to create something that brings wood-fired food and beer into "a conversation between the brewers, chefs, and the community," he said in a statement.
Then there’s Bill Mann, who was formerly Qui’s director of operations and now runs his own company, WHM Hospitality. He will serve as a consultant, advising on general operations and management.
Rounding out the team is Live Oak Brewing’s Drew Durish rounds out the team as the head brewer, who will be in charge of the oak-fermented beer program.
Owner Jake Maddux announced the restaurant late last year. He previously served as Salt & Time's beverage director, and worked for breweries Thirsty Planet, Anchor Brewing, and New Belgium. He’s looking to open Brewer’s Table later this year.
There is currently a NextSeed crowdfunding investment campaign to help raise additional money for construction and as a way to further involve the community.