The switch

Acclaimed San Antonio chef says goodbye to tapas and hello to barbecue with restaurant shuffle

San Antonio chef switches tapas for barbecue with restaurant shuffle

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The Bin will be closing to make way for a new barbecue concept. The Bin/ Facebook

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Jason Dady was moving Tre Trattoria to Museum Reach and opening his first Austin restaurant comes yet another big change for the celebrity chef — he is now tapping out on tapas.

After an almost two-year run, The Bin Tapas Bar at 511 E. Grayson St. is shuttering to make room for another barbecue restaurant under the Dady empire. Its replacement will be Alamo BBQ by Two Bros. BBQ Market, joining Two’s Bros BBQ and B&D Ice House as the third barbecue concept from the lauded chef.

Although Dady told CultureMap that The Bin was his favorite concept, “at the end of the day, selling $1-3 bites doesn’t make sense” in such a high-traffic area, the chef said. He added that barbecue will likely be a better choice for the busy site, especially since he has had success there with with pop-ups from the Two Bros. truck. “I have to be as much of a businessman as a chef,” he said.

The chef said that although he is usually “go, go, go,” there is not a solid timeline for the switch. The first order of business is to change the interior to fit the new concept. Dady said the team was trying to source AstroTurf and adding a playground to the site.

Although still casual and family-friendly, the new concept will not be a carbon copy of the original Two Bros. For starters, there will be full service and a full bar.

New menu items, such as sandwiches and meat plates will be added and the baby back ribs will switch over to a peach glaze, but many of the sides and sauces will be familiar to Two Bros. fans. And Laura Loomis, the acclaimed pitmaster at Two Bros., will minding the flames at both.

What’s next for the acclaimed chef, we don’t know. But when we spoke to Dady about his new projects earlier in the month, he joked, “My wife would kill me if I thought about anything else.” Maybe it’s time he bought her some flowers.