A quiet shuffle has taken place at Philippe Restaurant + Lounge, the upscale BLVD Place eatery from chef Philippe Schmit. CultureMap has learned that industry veteran Chris Fannin is out as general manager and director of operations at Philippe effective June 14.
On deck is longtime hospitality professional and native Houstonian Dallas Easterly, whose curriculum vitae includes stints with Walt Disney World as well as luxury hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and theme parks on land and sea.
"Chris Fannin has been an integral part of the Philippe family since our opening in 2010. He has helped guide the restaurant to what is today, setting in place a service team of some of the best talent in the industry," Schmit told CultureMap in a statement. "Although we are sad to see him leave, we know he is excited about returning to his roots in steakhouse dining with his new role at the soon-to-open Capital Grille in CityCentre. We wish him all the best!"