Andrew Bell is a really good chef who has been looking to set down somewhere firm and presumably enjoyable. He was last seen in the flagship Nosh on Oak Lawn and since then fell off our radar. There were talks of Bell opening his own Nosh in Austin but that never came to fruition. He had worked with Avner Samuels in the past at Aurora. Myth had it he would be the opening chef at JoJo, and actually that was the plan.
We spotted the super-chef this weekend and Bell just confirmed that he is the new chef at Bolsa Mercado relieving some of the duties of Jeff Harris and Matt Balke. Owner Chris Zielke had told us of a new project that Mercado will be undertaking soon, so presumably this is why they are taking on Bell.
Bell said that he has been spending time getting the lay of the land and to look for some exciting changes in a few weeks. I certainly miss Bell’s BBQ. We will keep you updated.