Turn-Key Management Operations

Excelsior Management brings over 20 years of critically acclaimed experience with both casual and fine dining management. We are dedicated to helping your business achieve it's greatest potential.

BOH & FOH Clean-up

Even if you have a handle on the financials and operations, there's always a little 'Spring Cleaning' that needs to be done. Let Excelsior take a 'look under the hood' to help create greater communication, expectations and execution.

General Consulting

We've been there. Maybe you have the concept but not sure how to get started. Maybe you have it started but now need help with the build. Or maybe you're up and running and now it's time to open the sails and let it take off. We can help with it all!

Our Experience

With over 20 years combined experience, Excelsior Hospitality owners have each helped put Austin, TX on the national map as a regular mention of the best restaurants in the nation. As current restaurant owners, their knowledge of leading edge technology, improving SOP’s and solidifying expectations with FOH/BOH, Excelsior has proven their model of success is about attention to detail.

Chef Nicholas Yanes


Native Texan, chef Nicholas Yanes earned his Associates of Culinary Arts degree at the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR. His resume includes positions as creative director, chef de cuisine and consulting chef at various restaurants and country clubs including Nana, Dallas Fish Market, Oceanaire Seafood Room, Coyote Ridge Country Club in Dallas, the Uchi restaurants and St. Philip Pizza Parlor in Austin.

Michael Covey


Originally from Houston, TX, Michael has been in the Hill Country for 20 years creating, building and managing well known pieces of Austin’s landscape. 

Michael, alongside Chef Yanes, helped create and open Juniper and Uncle Nicky’s through concept creation, investor relations, to project management and post opening. Today, Michael handles the commercial real estate, investor relations and financial guidance of each concept.

Angela Muraca

Chief of Staff

After earning her degree in psychology and education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she’s moved between the non-profit and hospitality industries to explore her passion for helping others to find joy and success in their lives. Her primary job functions within Excelsior Hospitality include project development, human resources, and partnership collaboration assistance.

Spencer Robertson

Chief Operations Officer

At his current position as Chief Operations Officer, Spencer provides oversight of operations and top level leadership at all Excelsior concepts, as well as assists in development of future projects. 

Taylor Gardner

Private Events Director

Our Director of Private Events provides top tier guest service and growth within the private events area of our concepts Juniper and the Dirdie Birdie, and the catering area of our concept Uncle Nicky’s. From ensuring each event incorporates the guest’s unique needs to building long term relationships with corporate and event industry contacts, Taylor optimizes guest experiences and financial growth for all our concepts.

Our Concepts

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