Earlier this summer, Dallas culinary legend Kent Rathbun parted ways with Abacus, the restaurant that he opened more than a decade ago. Now that Rathbun is out of the picture, a new executive chef will take over the ovens at this beloved Uptown haunt.
Announced via release, Chef Chris Patrick has been promoted to executive chef. Patrick has risen through the ranks at Abacus over the last four years, along with a few stops on the national food festival scene. Before joining Abacus in 2012, Patrick spent time in the kitchens at Nobu, Yutaka Sushi Bistro, and the now-shuttered Nana.
It’s been a good summer for Patrick, who will head to New York City next year to cook a dinner at the esteemed James Beard House. “To be recognized by your peers at such a culinary institution is a privilege and a professional goal of mine since I began cooking,” said Patrick in a statement. “I am excited to represent Abacus and my home state of Texas in New York next May.”
As for Rathbun, he is currently in litigation with his former business partners at Kent Rathbun Concepts. Back in June, Rathbun sued the H2R Restaurant Holdings in an effort to regain usage of his own name in future restaurant concepts. No settlement in that suit has been announced.
As for Abacus, though, it appears as if time will march on.