Winning The Houston Hustle

If you want to thrive in Houston, you have to hustle. Join these two well-known Houston bar and restaurant operators to get the inside scoop on what it means to treat your staff right, how to surround yourself with talented and passionate people, and how to hustle in Houston, the new culinary capital of the south.

Sponsored by #FairKitchens


Sunday, July 14, 2019


2:30pm - 3:15pm


TRA Young Guns Stage (Level 2, Mezzanine B)


Bobby Heugel, Anvil Bar & Refuge & Others
Justin Yu, Theodore Rex


Bobby Heugel

Bobby Heugel

Bobby Heugel is an owner of Anvil Bar & Refuge, Better Luck Tomorrow, The Pastry War, Tongue-Cut Sparrow, Squable and other bars and restaurants in Houston. He also was Founding President of the OKRA Charity Saloon, a non-profit bar that has donated over a million dollars to local charities since 2012. Heugel introduced modern cocktails to Houston over a decade ago, launching a career that has spanned a dozen businesses from bars to restaurants. He consults for hospitality groups, developers, and spirits brands, travels frequently – visiting over 400 distilleries over the past decade, and writes for national publications.

Justin Yu

Justin Yu

Justin Yu is the Chef/Owner Theodore Rex Restaurant, Better Luck Tomorrow and Public Services Wine and Whisky. His European-inspired American cuisine with a tint towards vegetables has been recognized by Bob Appetit, Food and Wine, New York Times, and Houston Chronicle. He was the James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Southwest in 2016.