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Deep Ellum’s Independent Bar & Kitchen Introduces New Chef, New Menu

Gaby Hernandez is a 23-year-old up and comer

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A little over a year after opening its doors, The Independent Bar and Kitchen in Deep Ellum has announced that Gaby Hernandez is taking over as the restaurant’s executive chef.

When Club Dada and City Tavern owner Josh Florence opened the restaurant back in April of last year, Chef Andrew Dilda was in charge of the kitchen. Hernandez has been with the restaurant since the beginning, and will work alongside industry vet Corey Howe (formerly of Victor Tangos and Double Wide) to revamp The Independent’s menu.

Instead of a focus on “European comfort food” like bangers and mash, Hernandez and Howe have developed a more globally-influenced slate of fare, including dishes like curried poutine and escabeche. The format will largely stay the same, though, which means plenty of small plates meant for sharing.

Hernandez is set to debut her new menu on Wednesday, August 23. Bonus: the restaurant will offer half-price food to introduce the new menu from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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