A little over a year after opening Huxley to critical acclaim, head chef Sara Hauman is leaving the tiny Tenderloin restaurant behind her. The chef (also the winner of anEater Young Gun 2015 award) has been the driving force in the kitchen of the 25-seat restaurant (which has essentially been a one-woman show) since October 2014. According to Hauman, the split is an amicable one, as she continues to grow as a chef.
Hauman's past experience includes a stint as sous chef at Bar Agricole, under chef Brandon Jew. Now Hauman tells Eater that she's going back to her roots, as she joins her former boss in opening his upcoming Chinatown restaurant, Mister Jiu's. While the restaurant isn't slated to open until March, Hauman will help Jew in the coming months, though her next moves are still up in the air.
Fans of Hauman's renowned avocado toast shouldn't wait to stop by for a final taste: Hauman's last brunch and dinner service will take place on Saturday, January 9. As for Huxley, owner Kris Esqueda is on the hunt for a new executive chef. In the meantime, the restaurant will close for some minor renovations and upgrades, including the addition of a keg system and reconfiguration of the wine and beer lists. Stay tuned for more updates.