Gabe Erales Reveals How His Restaurant Bacalar Is a “First of Its Kind” & Teases His Next Project

Top Chef Season 18 winner Gabe Erales opens up about his new Austin eatery’s ties to his family and previews what else he’s working on these days.

In the weeks since Gabe Erales opened his new Austin restaurant, Bacalar, back in September, he shared a progress update on how it’s been going, noting that he and his team are still “still gathering our momentum and getting our wheels underneath us.”

But the journey to opening night and beyond started long before September 2023 and has truly been a labor of love for Gabe. You see, Bacalar is a, well, love letter to his family’s heritage.

“Obviously, this project has been a long time coming, And I think it’s really the first of its kind in the U.S. There’s really not many restaurants that have taken such a laser focus on the cuisine of the [Yucatan] peninsula in Mexico,” the Top Chef Season 18 winner recently shared in an interview with in October.

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