Robbie Richter and Hill Country Part Ways

503 Service Unavailable

Error 503 Service Unavailable

Service Unavailable

Guru Meditation:

XID: 212457194


Varnish cache server

Texas legend Rick Schmidt passed the log to Robbie Richter (right); now he passes it to Pete Daversa.Photo: Josh Ozersky


Its a sad day for New York barbecue: Hill Country and pitmaster Robbie Richter have parted ways, a mutual decision both sides say was amicable. Richter, whose salt-and-pepper-powered Texas-style barbecue has been a huge critical success, says there are new barbecue horizons, new directions, a world of flavors and techniques that I need to start exploring. What might those be? Richter won't say -- yet. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Hill Country owner Marc Glosserman calls Richter a passionate cook and a great champion of barbecue. Pitmaster duties will be taken over by Pete Daversa, a Blue Smoke veteran who's been running basic barbecue operations under Richter since Hill Country opened.

Related: The Mystery of the Pitmasters Stymies the Times