James Flowers has cooked in Austin for years at familiar names that were part of Austin’s early dining scene, including Asti Trattoria, Cipollina and Wink, but he rose to his position of greatest prominence when he landed the role of chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons hotel.
He worked in that position at the four-star hotel for four years, as the operation known for its Texas flavors and finely tuned hospitality shifted its restaurant concept from Trio to Ciclo. He left the posh riverside hotel to join the opening team at the Peacock Mediterranean Grill, and then the poolside La Piscina, at the Proper Hotel, but cooking at home for his family over the last few months during the pandemic led the longtime kitchen veteran to realize he wanted to work in a more casual, neighborhood setting.
Hopfields, the French-inspired gastropub near the University of Texas, announced today that Flowers has joined their team as executive chef. A release says that Flowers will introduce weekend specials to the menu, but that the longtime staples of the Top 50 restaurant, from mussels and fries to a thick, juicy burger, will remain.
With Flowers on board, Hopfields plans to reopen Monday for dine-in service, following about a month of takeout-only operations. Starting Monday, the restaurant and bar will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Reservations are encouraged, but Hopfields will seat limited walk-in patrons.
2019 Austin360 Dining Guide: Hopfields (#48)