Two longtime chefs at Barcelona are leaving the German Village-area restaurant to start their own venture.
Executive chef Jacob Hough and executive sous chef Patrick Marker are opening Alqueria, which means farmhouse in Spanish, at 247 King Ave. in the former Angry Baker spot.
A mid-January opening is expected, said Hough, who described the restaurant as a homage to Barcelona but said the cuisine would be rustic new American.
“There will be Spanish influences, but it’s going to be farmhouse, homey feeling, rustically refined,” Hough said. “Neo-American is how we’re defining it.”
Although staffing changes are not uncommon in the industry, Barcelona is known for its consistency, owner Scott Heimlich said. Hough had been with the restaurant for nine years and Marker, 10.
Heimlich said he informed his guests of the changes Tuesday, Nov. 27.
“They have contributed so much to the success of Barcelona; we would not be the be the restaurant we are today without them,” Heimlich said in a prepared statement. “I cannot thank them enough for Barcelona and for me over the years.”
Meanwhile, Hough is being replaced by local veteran chef Julian Menaged, formerly of Spagio, the Refectory, A&R Creative Group and, most recently, 101 Beer Kitchen.
Marker’s replacement is Barcelona’s pastry chef, Stephanie Kincaid, who has been with the restaurant for nine years.
Marker already has left, and Hough’s last day is Friday, Nov. 30. Menaged will start Dec. 3.
“I think it will be after the first of the year that you will see their personal touches on the menu,” Heimlich said in a phone conversation Nov. 26.