Highly anticipated downtown hotel the Line ATX will feature four dining establishments. Of those is neighborhood bar and burger restaurant Bridge & Trail, which will be run by the hotel’s executive chef Justin Ermini. It’ll be found on the ground floor at East Cesar Chavez Street and Congress Avenue. This particular restaurant will open after the hotel’s debut in late spring, though there is no exact date available yet.
The laidback Bridge will focus on an easygoing menu, which means burgers, salads, sides, drinks, and beers. The name is reference to the nearby Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and Butler Trail.
As the hotel’s executive chef, Ermini is in charge of all the property’s restaurants, as well as the hotel’s event catering.
Ermini, who hails from Connecticut, was most recently the executive chef of farm-to-table restaurant Anatol in luxury boutique hotel Las Alcobas down in Mexico City. Before that, he worked in Michelin-starred restaurants like Jean-Georges in New York and Water Grill in Los Angeles, as well as the Grace Mayflower Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut, Le Meridien Hotel in New Orleans, Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio in San Francisco (which closed in 2009), and several restaurants in Florence, Italy.
Line ATX’s other restaurants includes Arlo Grey from Top Chef winner Kish which will feature Texas and Gulf influences with French and Italian cooking techniques, and Texas-inspired rooftop restaurant P6 from former Counter 3.Five.VII chef Damien Brockway. The lobby will feature the only Texas location of cultishly beloved Los Angeles cafe Alfred Coffee.
The hotel is now hiring for all sorts of positions, including a sous chef for Arlo Grey, head baker for the entire hotel, and various managing positions.
The Sydell Group, which operates all locations of the Line Hotel (Los Angeles, Washington, D.C.) took over the former Radisson Hotel for this expansion in February 2016.