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Executive chef Rene Ortiz leaves Sway and La Condesa

Matthew Odam

Sway and La Condesa executive chef Rene Ortiz has left his post with the Violet Crown Management group owned by Jesse Herman and Delfo Trombetta.

The James Beard Award semi-finalist helped open upscale Mexican restaurant La Condesa, the culinary jewel of the Second Street District downtown, in 2009 and opened Thai restaurant Sway on South First Street earlier this year.

A spokesperson for Violet Crown Management said that Herman and Trombetta were not surprised by the departure and support Ortiz 100 percent in his next endeavor. As for his future plans, we have a call out to Ortiz to see what he plans to do next.