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Better Half names Jeffrey’s and Josephine House veteran Rich Riembolt executive chef

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Better Half, the all-day restaurant from the owners of East Austin coffee-and-beer bar The Brew & Brew , announced today that Rich Riembolt will serve as executive chef. Riembolt will come to Better Half after about five years with the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group. The Idaho native and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America opened the revamped Jeffrey’s in 2013 and served as its lead sous chef for two years, and has spent the last two years working as the chef de cuisine at Josephine House. While there no menu has been released, Better Half, which will belocated at 1203 W. Fifth Street (at Walsh Street) justwest of Lamar Boulevard, will be an ingredient-focused and Texas-inspired all-day cafe. Owners saythe menu will reflect the kind of food they love from years of eating around Texas.

In addition to Riembolt, Better Half also announced that general manager Mark Stowe will be running the front of house. Stowe’s career in the service industry includes time as a manager at Jester King Brewery and working as the food and beverage director at Violet Crown Cinema. He also worked on the opening teams atBrew & Brew and Pinthouse Pizza.

Better Half is slated to open at the end of the year.