Changes at Pour Society
Big changes at Memorial-area gastropub: rising star chef out
It's only Tuesday, but this week has proven to be a turbulent one in Houston restaurants. Fresh off the news that Midtown lounge Tarakaan has ended restaurant operations comes word that another promising Houston restaurant has parted ways with its culinary team.
Pour Society, the upscale gastropub developed by California celebrity chef Bradley Ogden, has parted ways with corporate chef Greg Lowry, executive chef Matthew Lovelace, and its general manager. The company had brought Lowry in last year to revive its flagging Texas operations, but ultimately opted to close its two Heights restaurants Bradley's Fine Diner and Funky Chicken.
Prior to signing on with Ogden Hospitality, Lowry's well-regarded stint as chef de cuisine at Triniti earned him a CultureMap Tastemakers Rising Star Chef of the Year award in 2014.
Reached by CultureMap, Lowry declined to comment on the specifics of his departure. He said he's planning to spend the next week with his family before looking for another job.
Christopher Vestal, CEO of Ogden Hospitality Group, confirmed the departures and said he has hired former McCormick and Schmick's chef Bill McKinley to replace Lowry at the restaurant in Gateway Memorial City. What that means for Pour Society's menu of creative Southern-inspired fare is unclear at this time.