Since its opening, Small Brewpub has cultivated a reputation as a spot for excellent cocktails, solid house-brewed beers, and perhaps most notably, the relentlessly innovative cuisine created by Chef Misti Norris. Now, it appears as if that’s all going to change.
Over the weekend, GuideLive reported that Norris is parting ways with the Oak Cliff hotspot, citing a change in direction. "Ultimately we saw that Misti wanted to keep pushing forward,” Small Brewpub owner Aaron Garcia told GuideLive’s Leslie Brenner. “She wanted to keep the vision going. We weren't sure Small Brewpub was right for that."
In her tenure as Small Brewpub’s executive chef, Norris earned her fair share of national and local attention, including a three-star review from Brenner. Earlier this year, she was a semifinalist for the 2016 James Beard Rising Star Award, and, in 2015, a semifinalist for the Eater Young Guns award.
Over the past few months, Small Brewpub has pared down its food offerings to more closely resemble traditional gastropub fare — charcuterie and shareable bar snacks, for the most part. As for who will be leading the Brewpub’s makeover, Garcia has not announced who will succeed Norris in her post when she leaves. An official departure date has not been scheduled
Eater reached out to Norris, who declined to comment at this time. Stay tuned for more details on where this up-and-comer lands next.