Posted on August 24, 2015
In a space where two previous restaurants once stood (Ounce Steakhouse and Passion), Brazilian bornJoan Ongarato, owner of Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse borrowed the ‘J’ from his first name and lent it to his newest venture in San Antonio... J. Prime Steakhouse. Ongarato also owns other Chama Gaucha restaurants in Chicago, Atlanta and Houston. Fernando Arantes is at the helm of the day-to-day operations at J. Prime San Antonio which underwent an extensive and impressive structural and cosmetic facelift to just about every part of the building, before it reopened to the public in December of last year.
Inside the elegantly refurbished and carefully rethought space, several distinct, separate areas have been created for private dining; each suitable for hosting corporate meetings of different sizes and each equipped with built-in retractable projection screens and other up-to-date amenities.
The 6,000 Sq. Ft. restaurant employs a staff of about 20 in the kitchen with another 80 employees taking care of the front of the house.
Born and partially raised in Mexico City and in Celaya Guanajuato, Chef Chris Brooks has been honing his skills around the San Antonio culinary scene for a while. Prior to J. Prime, his most recent tenure - a ten year stint at both San Antonio Ruth’s Chris locations - prepared him well for the multiple challenges he encounters daily at the helm of the kitchen of the beautifully remodeled kitchen of the new J. Prime steakhouse...
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