New chefs named at Central Standard, Hotel Ella and Second Bar + Kitchen

Matthew Odam |
Source: Austin360

There is quite a bit of shuffling going on at Austin restaurants. Longtime Austin chef Casey Wilcox has been named the new executive chef at Central Standard, the American bar and grill inside the South Congress Hotel. Wilcox formerly served stints at Second Bar + Kitchen and Justine’s and helped open Kuneho earlier this year.

“I’m really excited about the future with Central Standard,” Wilcox said. “It’s a great space for me to explore our American culinary heritage, which is something that has excited me for a while.”

The South Congress Hotel’s sister hotel, Hotel Ella on MLK Boulevard, also changed direction in recent months, with the naming of executive chef Nick Nelson. The chef, whose resume includes the Roaring Fork in Austin, recently developed his first menu for the all-day American bistro Goodall’s Kitchen. The menu includes items such as crab Benedict, redfish ceviche and crab fritters.

Chef David Bull’s Second Bar + Kitchen has seen major change in recent weeks. The downtown location at Second Street and Congress Avenue named Peter Botcher executive chef, following the chef’s time as co-owner and executive chef at James Beard-nominated Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis. The Domain Northside location promoted five-year Second veteran Michelle Arcilla Hall to executive pastry chef; named Stephan Pyles and Dallas Museum of Art alumnus Brian Felicella as chef de cuisine and tabbed longtime Bull protégé Monica Senclair to serve as executive sous chef.