Downtown beer garden and bakery Easy Tiger has decided to split ways with one of the most prominent restaurant groups in town, ELM Restaurant Group, per a story from the Statesman. This also represents a division within the group, as co-founder Bob Gillett will head Easy Tiger while remaining partners chef Andrew Curren, co-founder Scott Hentschel and finance director Vince Ashwill will stay with ELM.
The split has already taken place, as ELM’s website reflects its other projects (24 Diner, Fareground, Italic, Irene’s, and the forthcoming Cookbook at the Austin Library), but does not include Easy Tiger.
Easy Tiger and ELM are still considered “partners and friends. Per the Statesman story, the split was amicable. The bakery will continue to provide bread and baked goods to ELM restaurants.
Easy Tiger is still set to open in the the Linc, and it has lined up investors to continue work on the expansion, which will help speed up construction for its spring opening. Easy Tiger’s head baker David Norman, who will remain with the bakery, will oversee all aspects of the future Easy Tiger’s menu. Norman is still working on his cookbook, Bread on the Table, set to publish in September 2019.
The bakery has done quite a bit of expansion already, opening an outpost at the Whole Foods 365 Market in Cedar Park and a stall at Fareground.
This article has been updated to reflect Easy Tiger and ELM Restaurant Group’s new relationship going forward.
- Easy Tiger has split from the ELM Restaurant Group [Austin 360]
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