Brian Joseph is the General Manager at our 6th Street location, though he didn’t start his Z’Tejas career path as one. Instead, Brian was hired in February 2017 as an Executive Chef, which he worked as until his promotion to General Manager on May 20th.
As General Manager, Brian’s duties include mentoring employees and creating personal connections with guests. Brian has been perfecting these skills over the past 25 years, working as Executive Chefs or various managerial positions at other restaurants. He graduated from the Johnson and Well Associate with a degree in Culinary Arts and has been married to his wife, Angela, for 14 years. Together, they have a daughter, Clara, who is 6 years old. In his spare time, Brian can be found salt or fresh water fishing and working in his yard. Originally from Ohio, Brian and his family now live in Spicewood, Texas.
Federico Santos has over 12 impressive years’ worth of experience in the kitchen. In May 2013, Federico continued his culinary career by working at Z’Tejas as a line cook. Over the years, he worked his way up to promotions as Sous Chef in March of 2017, then ultimately Executive Chef in May 2018.
As a line cook and Sous Chef, Federico had the privilege of being mentored by then-Executive Chef Brian Joseph, who has since been promoted to General Manager. Now, as Executive Chef at the 6th Street location, Federico is in charge of upholding exceptional food quality, maintaining kitchen cleanliness and overseeing banquet operations. In his free time, Federico can be found playing soccer, fishing, spending time with his 5-year-old-son and reading about new menu trends.
Jose Aaron Benavidez understands the importance of working all aspects of a restaurant. He started working in the restaurant industry as a Salad and Prep Cook before working his way up as a Server, Bartender, Corporate Trainer, Bar Manager, Kitchen Manager, Executive Chef and finally General Manager. Each role taught Jose new lessons, which he applies to his job at Z’Tejas as Service and Hospitality Manager.
Working in Hospitality, Jose ensures outstanding customer service and high beverage and food quality. In school, he chose to study Meat Science to understand the full farm-to-table process. Jose has two girls, aged 12 and 5. In his spare time, Jose attends rodeos, MMA, socializes, hikes or ice skates with his daughters. Originally from El Paso, Jose lived in Denver long enough to become a huge Broncos fan, before moving to Georgetown.
When Andre Abeliks was hired as Bar Manager at Z’Tejas 6th Street, he brought a lot of talent to our restaurant. With a degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from the Scottsdale Culinary Arts School, in addition to over 20 years of hospitality experience, we knew Andre would be a perfect match for our fresh culture and outstanding staff.
As a Bar Manager, Andre is responsible for ordering food and products, scheduling and executing the daily duties that keeps the restaurant running smoothly. Before working at Z’Tejas, Andre served his country before traveling the world. Now, he has settled down in Austin, Texas with his wife, two kids and two dogs. In his downtime, Andre enjoys watching baseball and going out to eat with friends.