The Diner Bar is a full-service restaurant and bar with a lively, convivial spirit adjacent to the Thompson Austin’s lobby. Under the guidance of Mashama Bailey, Chef de Cuisine Kristine Kittrell, and Johno Morisano, the menu features a range of seasonal Southern dishes layered with local Texan inspiration, such as Chicken Fried Quail with regionally ground grits and Clams and Chorizo with garlic trencher.
Mid-century modern furniture reflects Bailey & Morisano’s first project together, the James Beard Award winning The Grey restaurant in Savannah, with faded leather booths lining the front windows while a horseshoe bar serves as a focal point at the center of the restaurant. There, our guests indulge in an assortment of oysters alongside vodka and cocktails while selecting bar snacks such as Fried Ugali with salsa macha and Savannah Red Rice balls.
Join us for a perfect martini, served old school with a side car, and indulgences like oysters & caviar at the bar while chilling to a home spun playlist. After that, move on to a menu of some things familiar, some new to you, but all made with local fare and love. And, wash it all down with an eclectic and thoughtful wine list that focuses on expressions of grapes from areas both traditional and, well, not so much.
Diner Bar Austin proudly advocates for fair wages, provides a meaningful benefits package for full-time employees as well as educational resources to help our team continuously grow.
Mashama Bailey is the 2022 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef and co-founder of Grey Spaces, the hospitality group behind restaurants such as the critically acclaimed The Grey restaurant and its all-day counterpart The Grey Market in Savannah.
In 2022, she and Grey Spaces co-founder/business partner Johno Morisano opened two new restaurants, the Diner Bar and The Grey Market Austin, that showcase the Grey Spaces’ distinct take on Port City Southern fare in the new Thompson Austin.
Johno Morisano is the co-founder and managing partner of Grey Spaces, the hospitality group behind restaurants such as the critically acclaimed The Grey and its all-day counterpart The Grey Market in Savannah.
At Grey Spaces, Johno oversees guest experience, business growth and strategy while Mashama, the executive chef and co-founder, oversees all culinary creation and operations.
Born in Canada, Kristine came to Austin, Texas, via the Cayman Islands, in 1997.
She was co-executive chef at the modern Tex-Mex restaurant El Chile, one of Texas Monthly’s Best New Restaurants when it opened in 2004.
A devoted traveler, Kristine has cooked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Spain, and studied or cooked professionally in Mexico, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.
If you enjoy working with like-minded people who thrive in a team-first culture and are passionate about food, wine and service, we want to meet you!
Ideal candidates are team players by nature, delight in exceeding guest expectations and have a dynamic sense of humor, all of which we consider as important as work ethic and technical proficiency.
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