Chef Philip Speer and his team will soon inject new flavor and excitement into the Austin dining scene.

The former longtime director of culinary operations at Uchi and most recently the chef behind French diner Bonhomie announced today that he and partners William Ball and Conor Oman of Garage plan to open Modern Mexican restaurant Comedor in April at West Fifth and Colorado streets. The restaurant, housed in a sleek building designed by famed architect Tom Kundig, will initially serve dinner and brunch.

Mexican chef Daniela Vazquez, recently of highly regarded Mexico City restaurant Dulce Patria, and Austin chef Gabe Erales, formerly of Dai Due Taqueria, will join Speer, who will oversee culinary operations and serve as Comedor’s pastry chef. The yet-to-be-released menu will include whole Gulf dourade wrapped in fresh hoja santa leaves and prepared simply with a sauce of mole verde and served with handmade tortillas.

“Everything about Mexico City from the hospitality, the art and architecture, to the way people live and enjoy life attracted us to the cuisine,” Speer said. “The warming feel of gathering around the table with family and friends in one’s dining room, or Comedor, is the inspiration for where the name originates.”

The front of house will be under the direction of general manager Julian King, a graduate from of the Cornell School of Hotel Management and recently of Tin Roof Bistro and Simszy’s in Los Angeles. The Garage team, where Ball is managing partner, will guide the beverage program.

Comedor is planning an April opening and is currently hiring for all positions.