Chef Shuffle

More major restaurant shuffles as TRACE chef departs to lead new downtown dining concept

More major restaurant shuffles as TRACE chef departs

Chef Lawrence Kocurek is ditching the hotel kitchen for a new "front-row dining" concept headed to Congress Avenue.

CultureMap has confirmed that Kocurek, most recently the chef de cuisine at the W Hotel's TRACE, will take on the executive chef role at Counter 3 . FIVE . VII.

He joins CEO and founder Eric Earthman, who also comes from a hotel background. Most recently, Earthman was the executive chef of the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin. 

The concept will be quite a departure from the strictures of hotel fine-dining. Last month Earthman told CultureMap that the restaurant, which will be located below Swift's Attic, will have 26 seats centered around a chef's counter. Hence, Chef Kocurek will play an integral role in the dining experience. 

A contemporary, seasonal menu is to be expected, and, per the restaurant's name, diners will choose between three, five and seven courses. Restaurant representatives say Counter 3 . FIVE . VII will open this winter. 

Chef Lawrence Kocurek
Lawrence Kocurek will helm the kitchen of Counter 3 . FIVE . VII. Courtesy of Austin Food & Wine Festival