Paula Rester has left her position as wine director at Congress to move to New York City, where she will work for the Union Square Hospitality Group. (Credit: Jay M. Sauceda)

One of Austin’s star hospitality veterans has returned to town. Paula Rester will rejoin the La Corsha Hospitality Group (Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen, et al) on December 1. Rester, who previously served as captain and sommelier at Congress, will oversee the wine programs at Congress, Bar Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen, the upcoming Boiler Nine Bar + Grill at Seaholm, the soon-to-be renovated Green Pastures, and new location of Second at the Domain.

Rester left Austin last year for New York City, where she served as sommelier at Maialino, the Italian restaurant operated by Danny Meyer’s industry-leading Union Square Hospitality Group. Rester, a Level II Certified Sommelier, has a resume in Austin also includes time at Uchi and as general manager at Vino Vino in Hyde Park.

“I am excited to return home and take on this greater and more challenging role,” Rester said. “It’s an honor to be trusted with the responsibility of curating the wine lists for some of the best restaurants in the city.”