By David Vandygriff
River & Post, a restaurant and rooftop lounge slated to open this fall in the Summit Building on Riverside Avenue, has hired an executive chef.
The restaurant, which will span more than 10,000 square feet, boasts two distinct spaces including a full-service restaurant with a chef’s table and banquet space on the first floor and a rooftop concept with both indoor and outdoor seating with sweeping views of Jacksonville’s skyline and the St. Johns River.
Elizabeth Arana, who trained under Wolfgang Puck, Eric Ripert, David Burke and Alain Ducasse and was educated at the Culinary Institute of America and University of Florida, has been hired as the executive chef.
Arana will lead the culinary process for River & Post, initially managing the kitchen design and service processes. In addition to being responsible for the menu and its preparation, Arana will oversee the entire kitchen staff. No stranger to executive culinary management, Arana has lead teams at the Alexandria, Provence and Alphabet Kitchen restaurants in New York City as well as working directly under Executive Chef Alain Ducasse at Louis XV in Monaco, France. Arana has extensive experience in various cooking styles cuisines. She was featured on the Food Network’s Door Knock Dinners with Gordon Elliot as well as Latina Magazine, The New York Daily News, New York Magazine, Time Out New York and listed in Zagats.
Construction began at River & Post in April and the restaurant is expected to open this fall.
River & Post is scheduled to begin hosting interviews for servers, managers, kitchen and bar staff and interested parties in the coming months.
Those interested in employment at River & Post can contact the restaurant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.